“This will be my last pastoral letter as minister of Emmanuel URC and Elmers End Free Church.
I thank every one of you most sincerely for all the love, help, support and encouragement you have given myself and Marion these past thirteen years. It has been a privilege and a joy to have ministered with you in growing the Kingdom and spreading the word and helping to share God’s love with the people of West Wickham and Elmers End as we have journeyed together.
It is my heartfelt wish and prayer that you will, as Paul encouraged the Thessalonians, to “Hold on to that which is good.” (1 Thess. 5:20) Although after my retirement I will no longer be seeing you on a regular basis you will always be in my thoughts and prayers and I am grateful to have been so blessed to have shared so much with you during my time among you.
When, in the course of time, you call a new minister my wish would be for you to give him or her the same love, help support and encouragement you have shown to me over the years. Lots of good things are happening at both Emmanuel and Elmers End. May God richly bless you now and always in everything you do in Jesus’ name.
I leave you with the words of St Paul to the Philippians.
“Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Phil 4:8-9)