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It is with sadness that we bid farewell to Fr Jonathan at the end of his three-year term this week, but also with gratitude for everything he has brought to the parish since his arrival in June 2020. He, Helen and Caspar will be much missed, and we wish them every blessing on the next stage of their journey.
Fr Jonathan has written to you below, and he will also be both presiding and preaching at the 9.30 Eucharist and 11.15 on Sunday. I am sure that many of you will want to be with us on that day - please do sign up on Eventbrite if you are able. We are sorry that Covid-19 precautions prevent us from a more St Mary Abbots-style send-off after the service, but we look forward to inviting all three MacNeaneys back for a full celebration of their contribution here, as soon as gatherings and hospitality are deemed safe again!
My thanks to everyone who attended the Zoom APCM on Wednesday evening, and especially to those who completed their term of faithful service to the PCC and Deanery Synod (Maxine Croft, Pippa Currey, Eliza Low, Andrew Freestone, Martina Sadovska and Kiaron Whitehead.) We are delighted to welcome (or welcome back to the PCC or Synod): Peter Darrell, David Shaw, Jamie Dunford Wood and David Wilkinson, and to the PCC Alex Juergen, Margaret Lane and Pat Wilson.
Especial and heartfelt thanks are of course due to Jamie Dunford Wood, who completed a very eventful and hardworking six years as Churchwarden, and to David Banks, who kindly took over from Hannah Stewart to complete her term (having already served two terms as Warden here in the past himself!). I am hugely grateful to them both for their kindness and support since my arrival. My congratulations to the newly elected churchwardens, Guy Heald and Ed Warrick, about whom we shall be sharing more information in a future email and newsletter. I am much looking forward to working alongside them.
With my love and prayers, Mother Emma
Dear St Mary Abbots
I feel like I've started a lot of things over the last couple of weeks with "This is my final" but I promise it is actually true. This is my final piece to you in the newsletter. I'd like to be able to tell you where I'm off to next or what I will be doing but I don't have a firm answer to either of those questions at the moment. I will let you know once I know!
In the meantime I want to leave you with a couple of poems below. The first of which is a bit of fun composed this last week. The second is a piece I wrote on Good Friday a year and a half ago which is, at least intentioned as, a more serious piece. If nothing else hopefully my weak efforts will be permission giving for you to explore your creative giftings.
Thank you for sharing with me in worship and communion these last three years. God bless you.
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