Goodbye and Thank You

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

September is a turning point in our year; it is a changing season. The summer has gone and the mind begins to prepare for another autumn. We move closer to the end of the year when autumn then turns to winter. Our whole lives are framed by the seasons, times of remembrance, of celebration, of rest. I believe that God works in season too, why wouldn’t he, of course he created them! We worship in different times and seasons, and the journey through the church calendar is part of how we remember the story of our faith. I also believe that we journey through different seasons in our own walk with God.

The past three years have been for me, a time of learning and growth. Throughout my time of training as a curate in this team many people have supported me, but God has called me to step into a new season, one in which learning will continue and mistakes will I’m sure be made. I am currently in between these two seasons, reflecting back and grateful for all that has been, whilst preparing for what will be and the challenges ahead.

As we decorate the new vicarage and sort through boxes in the loft, I cannot help but think and reflect on the past three years and the people who have supported us. Thank you to all of you who have been part of this season of my life and ministry. I am grateful for the support and kindness I have received and will always remember our time in Dorchester with fond memories.

I am being licenced as Team Vicar of Emmanuel and St Mary’s Church, in the Radipole and Melcombe Regis Team. The service will be on Tuesday 25th September at 7pm at St Mary’s Church, all are welcome.

Many blessings Jo