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Letter from Revd Anne

Dear Friends

It was a lovely surprise to me when I was very clearly called to this Benefice, because I hadn’t ever heard of these villages before; but I have totally loved and cherished them all since my arrival. As Michelangelo said, “and I believe that I have been designated for this work by God. I work out of love for God and I put all my hope in Him.”

It’s been an absolute privilege to see how much progress has been achieved, and more rapidly than I imagined. When I began here the Holy Spirit wanted me to remain until certain very specific aspects of growth had occurred. I have been particularly excited by the wonderful evidence of God at work, and that all these signs of growth and more have transpired, so now God said it’s time for me to step back. I handed my notice of retirement in to the Diocese early in March. I can focus on being with my family and being kind to myself now.  My retirement begins on 1st September and my last service will be on 25th August. Although I prefer to deny it, I am in my 60’s and entitled to a pension!

God has His hand on this Benefice and, by focusing on Jesus, you will blossom and flourish. The foundations have been laid. We each have different roles in ministry, as St Paul says, 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labour. 9 For we are fellow workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:7-9)

I’ve already been beavering away behind the scenes to enable a smooth transition and am starting to arrange cover on the ministry rota. The Bishop and the Diocese have looked very favourably on my ministry and have been utterly supportive, encouraging, and blessed me. They want the progress here to continue to be built upon.

With every blessing,           Anne