The Digest, our Parish magazine, comes out monthly. Here are a couple of articles from September’s edition. To read more, pick up a copy from Church when you are next there.
What a wonderful occasion our farewell afternoon / evening celebration was! Christine and I have been overwhelmed by the love and thanks expressed by so many, through words, cards, gifts and the hard work that went into all the different performances at the concert.
And the gifts of the keyboard for Christine and laptop for me are exactly what we want for our new life in Spain! As I said at the concert – I’m happy when Christine is happy, and she’s happy when she’s playing the piano! And my laptop will be used just about every day and will be a constant reminder of Pakefield.
I have been humbled over the last month or two by the many messages of gratitude from so many Pakefield people – thank you for them. I am aware that God called me to this ministry and he has been my strength and guide. I have simply been seeking to fulfil what God has asked me to do. I am very aware of times when I have failed or have been disappointed (or have disappointed others), so it has been a real joy for me to know that so many of you have been blessed by God through my ministry over the years (and Christine joins me in these sentiments). If I have done anything of lasting value then it is God’s work, and we give him the praise and thanks.
The 23½ years that we have lived at Pakefield have been a special part of our lives (and our family who grew up here). We would never have believed when we first came that we would stay so long, but it is such a lovely place to live and we have been blessed with such wonderful friends through the church family. So much has happened and we are glad to leave the church as a strong, faith filled community, well able to walk with God through the challenges of the interregnum, and looking forward to the new person who will come to help Pakefield Church to continue to grow in grace and be a place where many people can find a living faith in Jesus.
But for this to happen it needs all of you to support and encourage each other as you serve the church to the best of your ability. Be grateful for each other’s efforts, and pray for one another and for God’s guidance to find the right person to be the next Rector. Be assured of our prayers. You all mean too much to us for us to forget you. You have left your mark on us and we are glad that Pakefield and its people have become a lasting part of our lives.
So, finally, I once more ask God to bless you and keep you close to him. With our love and thanks to God for you.
Bob (and Christine)