It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since I joined you all at St Michael’s. It seems like no time at all since I was writing my introductory piece for the parish magazine back in 2014. But as many of you know this means that my curacy comes to an end this autumn and I shall be moving on, so I expect this shall be my final magazine article.
I’m sure I shall speak to most, if not all, of you before I go but I’d like to take the opportunity here to say a big thank you before saying goodbye. I have loved getting to know you all over these past three years. You were all so welcoming and patient in those early months as I learnt the ropes of ministry.
I have learnt a lot throughout my curacy at St Michael’s and whilst I look forward to moving on to pastures new and starting a new chapter of my ministry elsewhere, I shall be sad to say goodbye to you all. It has been lovely to have joined you in ministry and worship over the past three years and it has been a real privilege to have been invited by some of you to walk alongside you during those significant life moments of yours in my baptism, wedding and funeral ministry.
I have really enjoyed my ministry with St Michael’s School in leading church assembly and collective worship with Nursery and Reception. I feel very lucky to have had a curacy where the relationship between the church and school has been so great.
I have loved my ministry with children and youth of the parish, particularly with Messy Church. Thank you ever so much to those who helped with that experiment and venture – I hope you had as much fun as I did! Setting up Bridge Youth Church alongside Holy Trinity and All Saint’s churches was also something of a crazy venture but we stepped out in faith and it has been lovely to see this develop and thrive. I may well be popping back on the odd occasion to visit BYC and I’m really hoping I might be able to join them for another camping trip to Soul Survivor next summer.
So as the time approaches for me to bid farewell, I would like to say a big thank you to my colleagues; Derwyn, Derek, June, Rob and Katharine from whom I have learnt a lot and a big thank you to you all because you’ve also taught me a lot and I have loved ministering amongst you at St Michael’s during the last three years.
Thank you. Emily