I think you all know that I have been unwell since the summer and am continuing on my cancer journey. I have decided to retire in March and we shall move to our bungalow in Honiton. The parishes will soon begin the process of recruiting my successor, to work alongside Revd Alan Ryan in running the Mission Community of six parishes.
I have greatly enjoyed my time here, despite some serious challenges. The greatest joy has been getting to know you all, and working with you to ‘Take the love of Christ to all generations.’ I worked alone here (with three parishes) for six years, before the team began to grow when Matt came, then Joe. Then, when we grew to six parishes, we gained two Readers, a very active and willing retired clergyman and eventually a Team Vicar. I have loved working with this team and I have every confidence that they will achieve great things for God in these parishes. I am also very grateful for all the volunteers who work so hard in all of our churches and behind the scenes.
We shall miss you all, but it is time to move on and my health is now very poor. I have been overwhelmed by the love and support I have received from parishioners since I became ill and I can’t thank you enough for that. God bless you all - and I hope to see you at my leaving service at Holy Cross, Newton Ferrers on Saturday 29th February at 2pm. My mantra is and will continue to be ‘Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus’. (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18).
With my love and prayers