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Offline revanne

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For Sunday
« on: December 04, 2015, 03:43:41 AM »
I have been Parish Priest of my current Parish for over twelve years now (yes, revanne marks a total failure of imagination in choice of user name, but hey I was desperate to come and join you on the forum!) but I will be announcing on Sunday that I am on the move in the new year.

My current Parish is in a area of high deprivation with many social needs but also a strong sense of community and in those twelve years I have become very much part of that wider community and not just that of the Church. So there is going to be a lot of emotion about.

I too will be very sad to leave as this has been the most wonderful place to minister in. However, as some of you know, my elderly father has been living with us for the past 4 years and he is becoming increasingly frail. So with a heavy heart DH and I made the decision that we need to move to a less demanding Parish which is nearer to the rest of our family (for those in the US please do a bit of UK think where anything over an hour's journey away is "far"!).

It looks as though our last Sunday here will be sometime in February but in the meantime I would be grateful for your prayers.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
(Psalm 46 v1)

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Re: For Sunday
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2015, 06:10:05 AM »
My thoughts will be with you, revanne.  It is a very tough decision you have had to make and I hope all turns out for the best.  Your current parish will miss you very much, but your new one will be fortunate to have you.
From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggity beasties and things that go bump in the night...good Lord deliver us!

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Re: For Sunday
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2015, 07:41:17 AM »
Your new parish should be happy to have you!

(Perhaps you can follow up on the idea of Gwynnedizing some of your pastoral cases?)

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Re: For Sunday
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2015, 07:45:27 AM »
Sometimes the right decision is not the easiest thing to do.  Best wishes, and I hope the move works out for the best for you all!  :)
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James Herriot (James Alfred "Alfie" Wight), when a human client asked him if animals have souls.  (I don't remember in which book the story originally appeared.)

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Re: For Sunday
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2015, 12:01:21 PM »
I am glad you will have the full Christmas season to enjoy in your beautiful historic church. If you and your parishioners decorate the altar this year, please do share with us some Christmas images of any decorations. Oh, and I would really love to hear the bells ring if you have bell-ringers ply their talents over the holidays.(I do not know how you would share that, but I would love it.)
I so hope your new location will be, if not as historic, at least as beautiful. Like everyone else has said, they will be fortunate to have you.

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Re: For Sunday
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2015, 04:37:48 AM »
Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes -British people may not do emotional stuff very often but when they do... However at least most people know now.

I will try and post some pictures over Christmas but am afraid I can't work out how to  send a sound recording as I'd love to record some of the school Christmas play which always takes place in Church. I'd love you to hear the children's accents.

My new church is very modern  1982- so quite a change but lovely inside.

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Re: For Sunday
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2016, 08:02:19 AM »
We now have a date for my last Sunday here, February 14th and my first one in my new Parish in Northampton, March 6th. At the moment I am trying to think about packing up the house while managing lots of people's anxieties which are tending to show themselves in impatience and aggression.

I will try and post some Christmas pictures when I get a minute but I would be very glad of continued prayers and good wishes.
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Re: For Sunday
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2016, 09:29:14 AM »
Transitions are always difficult for everyone involved.  My good wishes and thoughts will continue in abundance. 
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Re: For Sunday
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2016, 11:52:08 AM »
To change house/home and job all at once will be emotional, that cannot be denied.  But looking forward to a new beginning, a fresh start, leads to its own  excitement. Four years ago when I transferred to the new hospital, there was so much positive energy from every one that it was revitalizing and I am so glad I made the move. 
I wish you the energy to go forward.

 


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