Magazine – January 2020

My Dear People

As most of you will know by now I am retiring next month, so this will be my last monthly newsletter. We have been very touched by the comments you have made in response to this announcement. Thank you all so very much.

We are extremely sad to be leaving you, and here. Perhaps fortuitously I was sent a link to some islanders’ sad reaction to the news that the Island trains are soon to be replaced. This lightened my mood somewhat as I felt somewhat akin to the old carriages.

The time between priests inevitably has its stressful moments, but it is also an opportunity to blow out the cobwebs and look afresh at things. You will get support from the Area Dean and Archdeacon, Deacon Corinne and our very helpful and capable Patrons The Guild of All Souls.

And we will be praying for you at the feet of Our Lady of Ipswich.

Yours in Christ,

Fr John

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Father John announces his retirement

Dear Friends

It is with great sadness that I write to let you know that I have decided to retire. We have lived here longer than we have ever lived anywhere else, and it will be a great wrench to leave you, these churches and the island. We will be moving to be closer to the hospitals we need to attend, and to our children.

A PCC meeting will soon be arranged to meet with the Archdeacon to plan for the interregnum. My last service will be on Sunday 23rd February.

Yours in Christ

Fr John & Brenda