As we near our time of leaving All Saints, I’ve found my thoughts turning to Paul’s words to the church in Philippi. While in no way do I compare myself with Paul, nevertheless, his words resonate with the way I feel about you all, my church family, as I look back over four special years.
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partner-ship in the gospel from the first day until now... Philippians 1:3-4 (NIV)
It has really been a privilege to have served alongside you all and been in partnership with you in the work of the Lord.
I’ve learnt many things while at All Saints, but one of the key lessons has been the importance of working together, of being partners together in the work of the gospel. And it’s through serving alongside fellow Christians, in the power of God’s Spirit, with one common purpose of building Christ’s kingdom, that relationships grow and develop and affections form.
You have all become very dear to us as a family and we would like to take this opportunity of saying thank you for sharing your lives with us and letting us share our lives with you in the service of Christ. Thank you for all the warmth, encouragement and support that you have given to us as a family.
We will all look back at our years here with great fondness and with gratitude to the Lord.
And it’s of great joy to us to know that we will not be too far away from you in Horam, and that we will still continue to be partners together with you in the work of the gospel in Mid Sussex through our shared involvement in the Sussex Gospel Partnership.
With much love,