Well this is the final time that I will be writing to you.
First of all thank you so much for your generous gifts, all the lovely cards, good wishes, blessings and prayers on my retirement. We had a wonderful service with over two hundred adults and children. It was a moving service and an emotional moment to say farewell and goodbye to you all.
So many thank yous to everyone who have supported the mission of the church throughout my ministry here.
A first thank you to those who asked for a priest to revitalize the younger end of the congregation whilst still looking after the regular congregation. That PCC and congregation had vision and constancy to the mission of Christ.
Thank you to all those who have ministered our reader Jonathan, David our retired priest, Canon Clayton until he was 100 now 106 not out, our lay assistants, the intercessors, Alpha team, home group leaders, healing prayer team and readers. The musicians our faithful choir, our organists remembering especially Brian Ridsdale, and our talented band. All of you have heard the call of Jesus and carried out your different ministries.
Thank you to all who have served on PCC, been an officer of the church as either warden, treasurer, PCC secretary, or PCC member. Those who have been constant to mission through our Leading your Church into Growth team. These people have listened and heard the call of service to the church and carried it out.
Thank you to all who have kept the building and grounds in an excellent condition. To those who have cleaned the church, rubbed the brasses and arranged flowers both for flower festivals and those who do it every week.
Thank you to all who have supported the children’s work serving the mission of Christ in crafts, Christingles, school work, child care, the giving of your time and energy. None of our children’s work would have happened without you.
Thank you to all who have served on our social committee, those who have made events happen those who have bought tickets and supported events. Your support of these events have provided the screens, new sound, computer, software, refurbished kitchen, lighting, decorating in church and much, much more.
To those who have accepted the challenge of giving to the church in order to maintain it and support the work of the church and the mission of the church. Thank you to those who have given for many years and those who are new to our giving scheme. Now more than ever funds are required to upkeep the church and its mission. Not just in Bramhope but the wider church in less well off areas.
Thank you to the communications team who help to advertise our church through the magazine, posters, banners, screen ads, web site, face book , our techie team and anything we have thought of to make a splash for our church.
Finally last but not least my grateful thanks to our current wardens Joanne and June who have been a massive support to me and will be to you over the coming weeks and months of the vacancy.
For those friends who wish to keep in contact with me I still have the email address firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile number 07703744171.
I urge you to not to give up meeting together, as some will do Hebrews 10:25 but (Hebrews 12:2 The Message) Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished the race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed- that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way, cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honour, right alongside God.
God Bless you all