From Gill ..
I have two more articles to write before I hand this job over to the next vicar of St. Mary's Church.
Things are moving on well with preparations for my goodbye and the welcome for the new priest.
Many of you have probably already heard that the new parish priest will be Rev'd Quentin Chandler and he will be moving with his family in the near future. In September he will be able to introduce himself to you all.
It has been 8 years since I took up the post of priest in charge and I did so with some trepidation. I had been a part time
curate for over 20 years in other churches and never saw myself as the vicar. If I had known that a few months after I arrived a good portion of the lead on the church roof would disappear I probably would have said no thank you to the post! But thankfully I was blissfully unaware of that and with everyone else I just got on with finding my way through the procedure of getting us back on track.
My last service at church will be on Sunday 24th July at 10am and it will be a time to reflect on these 8 years and the fun we
have all had together. I have very much enjoyed my time at church and the time I have spent with other activities in the life of our community. A parish priest shares many important moments in people's lives; at children's baptisms, a couple's wedding and at services of goodbye to loved ones. It has been a privilege to share these times with so many people. People ask me, 'what will you do?' and this is a question I do not feel able to answer yet. I have lots of interests and suspect I will find ways to be busy but at the moment I am concentrating on the things left to do and the things I need to hand on. There is only so much space in my brain!
Certainly I spend a lot of time thinking and planning about church so there will need to be some
adjustment, that's for sure.
Brian and I are not moving from the village so I shall still be about but minus the working collar!
While my Sunday services will finish on the 24th I will take three weddings in August during the weeks of the vacancy. I am so pleased that the church has not had a long wait (sometimes it can be as long as a year) for a person to be appointed.
Marston is a busy parish and with the growing numbers in our population there is more call on the church's services
but with this short vacancy we can be sure the life of our lovely church can continue uninterrupted.
Thank you for all your support and friendship and maybe I'll see you on the 24th!