Well, it hardly seems possible and yet it is! It seems like only yesterday that I tentatively entered Barney Church as a brand new, somewhat nervous ordinand, and yet it was 27th September 2020.
However, it seems the time has come to move on, and so I will be leaving Barney and Whorlton churches after the APCM on Sunday 24th April before a final term at Cranmer Hall in Durham.
I couldn’t have asked for a better placement. Everyone has been SO welcoming, so kind, very patient and encouraging.
Even in the middle of a pandemic I’ve experienced a wide variety of things – zoom church, church in-person, PCC, PMC, Christingle (who can forget the joys of our inflatable human Christingle a year ago!), Smuffies, community choir and orchestra, Praise Band, the choir, the four-o’clock service, baptisms, funerals, Eco Church, World Day of Prayer, Living in Love and Faith, Deanery Synod, Chapter, Collective worships in person, and on zoom and on Teams with Green Lane and Montalbo, Windows to the World, the Tree Festival, a Pet service at Whorlton, blessing the river, Morning Prayers at Whorlton, 2 Christmases (each very different), 2 again very different Lent and Easters, zoom study groups, in person study groups, and SO much more.
But best of all has been meeting everyone – being able to be part of life here, the conversations, sharing some of the joys and sorrows, the ups and downs and inbetweens of life at Barney and Whorlton.
I’ve had the privilege of being part of a fantastic team of people, learning from them, and growing with them.
At the end of term there will be a service at Wakefield Cathedral (Saturday 2nd July) and then I will be heading to the Benefice of Leyburn and Bellerby as as a brand new, somewhat nervous assistant curate. We’ll be based in Middleham, so it’s a very big change for our family having been in Richmond for 25 years.
I am genuinely sad to be leaving Barney – I’ve learned lots, I’ve had fun, and I’ve loved it here. I am so grateful for how kind and welcoming you have been.
So it is with massive thanks to Alec and Kim and Sarah, and to all, I’ll leave with many happy memories and a real sense of thankfulness. Barney and Whorlton will have a very special place in my heart and in my prayers.