We bade our final farewell to John and Ann with a buffet lunch at Bexley URC after Sunday service on February 19th when both churches in the pastorate gathered. Presentations were made and good wishes were given to them both before they started a new phase of their ministry in Chesterfield.
It was with some sadness that we gathered at morning service on February 12th for John’s last service at Geddes Place which included Holy Communion. It was an opportunity for people who were unable to attend the pastorate lunch at Bexley URC on the next Sunday. John spoke of our time together during the past six years and how we should face the future with confidence. After the service John and Ann cut a celebration cake. We wish them every blessing as they continue their ministry in Chesterfield.
There was also a large gathering at the Lunch Club recently with both ‘regulars’ and representatives from our Partner Groups coming to say Good Bye to John and Ann. John’s friendly presence every week has been much valued and will be missed. A presentation was made and it was very happy occasion but also tinged with sadness.