At this time of year numerous Methodist Ministers in the U.K. are preparing to leave for pastures new. Since this was my first appointment, I am relatively inexperienced compared to the majority, and so moving from my familiar stationing here in Cheam and Epsom to one in Scotland is both a challenging and exciting time in my life’s journey.
I was once given advice about saying goodbye - the advice ran: practice the three G’s – be grateful – be gracious – and go!
Sounds like good advice to me as I prepare to leave EMC and take up my new role in the Angus, Perth and Dundee circuit.
I am grateful – for the joy of having been a part of Epsom Methodist church. From the beginning you welcomed me and my family into your fellowship and many of the relationships formed have been enriched and deepened through your friendship, hospitality and through the pastoral contacts, joyous and sad, of the last six years.
Thank you for your love, care, friendship and prayers.
Be gracious: I pray sincerely that you ‘fare well’ in the future – this is not a light good luck wish – but a prayer for inner strength to meet well the changing and often demanding events of life – I pray for you the prayer of Ephesians 3:14-21.
'For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.'
Go: I will no longer be the minister of Epsom from 30th July and will take up my new role as minister of Blairgowrie and Perth from 1st September. I leave you in safe hands and wish both Mark and Chris every blessing as they minister alongside you all.
Thanks a million for the last six years, and if you’re in Scotland,feel free to pop round for a cuppa!