There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
By the time you read this, most of you will already know that my ministry will be continuing in another place and that my final service amongst you will be on 7 July, 5.30, at St Mary’s, Beenham. If it’s not too short notice and you are free, it would be lovely to see you there!
My association with this benefice pre-dates its coming together in 2005; as far back as the early 90s I started attending the Aldermaston, Brimpton and Wasing churches so my young daughter could attend Sunday School. In the way of churches, I was soon on the Aldermaston PCC as Treasurer and in the York Nativity Play as First Maid!
Despite living in Baughurst, I always felt part of the Aldermaston community, made good friends and attended many events, both in the village and connected with church. Over the years, I came to feel that I wanted to serve God in additional ways, but nothing seemed clear. Revd Des Foote, who arrived following the formation of this new, improved benefice, asked if I would consider Authorisation to Preach in 2008. However, not content with that, he later asked if I thought God wanted me to investigate a call to Ordination. As I’ve said previously, there didn’t seem to be a good reason to say No!
I then embarked on the most amazing period of my life which culminated in being Ordained for Local Ministry in 2015 and a new role amongst you. I cannot begin to explain how much this has meant to me, how much support I have received, how much love has been shared. It has been a joy, privilege and pleasure to serve God and all the lovely people of this benefice, whether inside the church or not. But, to use a cliché, all good things come to an end since there is, indeed, a time for everything.
In the same way that I didn’t see Ordination on the horizon, I couldn’t see my ministry being elsewhere but it now seems right, and exciting, to move on. Once again, I am trusting that God knows what he is doing and that we will all continue to grow in love for him and each other, each serving him in the way which is right for us, in the place we are meant to be.
I have so much to be thankful for, so many memories and friendships to carry with me into the next stage of my ministry. I will miss you all and trust God that you will continue in the fellowship, the breaking of the bread and the prayers as we’ve always done.
Thank you for your trust and belief in me; may God bless you all as we embark into a new season.
With my love and prayers
To everything turn, turn, turn
There is a season turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose