|Minister's Letter - July 2018|
I remember Christmas; the packed school carol concerts; a full church at the evening Carol Service and on Christmas Day; singing carols at the pub and in Asda. I remember funerals of many people you have loved and spending time with your families. I remember the joy of weddings and baptisms; communions in housegroups; drinking coffee in the Dovetail Centre and consulting on its redevelopment. I remember the OMG practicing ‘The Bare Necessities’ in the room next to the church, where I had just invited people to pray in silence! I remember playing Judas in a Holy Week meditation and throwing the coins down with a force that surprised me! I remember playing the Pharisee at ‘Easter Is’ and a rough traveller in ‘The Crossroad’ where nobody recognised me! I remember helping to start Street Pastors, Messy Church and Church with Choices. I remember learning to play the euphonium and the fellowship of the BB band. I remember a demonstration outside the church when we were hospitable to a Muslim group; the group were grateful that we stood by them against bigotry. I remember visiting people in hospitals and homes, sharing deep concerns and hopes for the future; playing football at Merdon School for the Street Child World Cup and joining the campers at Greenbelt. I remember worshipping with you and have found preaching enriching whilst my style has undoubtedly developed. I remember confirming Dan and receiving him into membership.
I will remember the people, the families, the faces, the colleagues and the way in which together, we sought to be more faithful followers of Jesus. As I move to London for a fresh challenge, to join a different group of disciples, to discover a new aspect of God’s work, I will remember you all with gratitude and will continue to pray for you. For the people of Chandler’s Ford have shown kindness and love to Helen, Dan and myself over twelve years. We have been blessed by God to minister amongst you.
And remember, we were brought together, because we remember Jesus and seek to follow him.
May God bless you all in the years to come.