Last Sunday it was our privilege and blessing to share together in worship as we said farewell to Revd. Sarah. It felt like a real highlight of the 10am service of outdoor worship.

However, in some ways it felt a bit like a farewell to worshiping outside. We’ve been so fortunate to be able to worship in a way which fully complied with the Church of England guidance on worshipping during the Covid pandemic. Moreover, as last Sunday testified to, we have been able to have that precious experience of being the household of faith from across our three villages united in giving God glory!

I am planning with the Ministry Team how we are to ‘go back inside x3’ from October. Please pray that we may be able to continue to be the household of faith united in giving God glory – even if we are divided.

Revd. Sarah has asked to say a final word of farewell and thanks to Harbour Churches…

I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to my farewell service on Sunday, and to everyone who contributed to the incredibly generous gifts. The scallop shell necklace and earring set will always remind me of you, and as a badge of pilgrimage will be a constant symbol of the journey you have supported me on, the journey of formation as a Priest and servant. The amazing gift of money will go towards an electric bike to get me round my new parish (and up and down Centurion Way!).

From the moment I arrived as a rookie curate 5 years ago you have all been so much a part of my training, and have taught me what it is to be a Priest, what it is to serve, and what it is to be me. Because of you I now have the confidence to take this next step. I believe God has called me to serve with the people of the Valley Parish, and they are a wonderful, faithful community, but you will always have a special place in my heart.

May God bless you all.

Sarah

(If anyone took any photo’s on Sunday, I would be very grateful if you could send them to me as a final, wonderful memory – sarah035@btinternet.com)

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