July Message from Liz, our Lay worker

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I can hardly believe that we have arrived in July already and nearing the end of my appointment as Lay Worker. Although I remain in post until the end of September, I am hoping to persuade our new minister Rev Philip Simpkins to write for the September newsletter!

I would like to thank you all for your kind words and support over the last year. It has been a fairly steep upward learning curve for me and I have been very grateful for the way that you as the church family has pulled together, supported one another and helped me out in numerous ways along the way!
In answer to some questions I've been asked:

Have you enjoyed the role? Yes very much. I have got to know so many more of you a little better and it has been good to share stories and see how God is at work in our lives.

What has been the unexpected aspect of the role? Definitely taking funerals — and quite a few of them! I have counted it a privilege to meet families at their time of grief and to prepare and lead different services which respect the wishes of the family and hopefully make those who are not accustomed to being in church feel more at ease.

Are you going to leave us at the end of your job? No — not as far as I know! Jacob and I have been in the church for 20 years and have no plans to depart any time soon.

So what will you do next? Truthfully I have no idea. I will work with Philip during September and will wait to see what God has in store next! There will, I'm sure, be aspects of the role that I will continue to fulfil in a voluntary capacity.

Philip will be responsible for three churches; Hale, Rowledge and Alton and will take time to get to know everyone and discern, with us, where God is leading. I know you will give him a warm welcome along with his wife Angela and two sons Dan and Luke, and will offer him every support in the coming months.

I hope you all have an enjoyable and relaxing summer — but let's not take a rest from God! I will be around in Alton for most of the summer so if I can help you in anyway do give me a ring.

In His love
Liz George

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