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Bryn writes...

This is the time of the year when I’m able to thank you all for the work you do throughout the year. A church does not run itself and you all contribute in your own way and for that I am very grateful. I’m particularly grateful to the Revd. Norman Ball who readily covers for me, to Ann Bronnert The Reader, to the wardens Andrew Bronnert and Hilda Glover. I could go on thanking people, but I would miss somebody out and cause upset – so it’s a BIG thankyou to you all.

We live in a time of ceaseless change and we are being asked to adapt to new forms and types of worship and services. As Borderlands continues to develop more will be asked of the churches and congregations in the mission area and I know you will be up to the challenge.

St John’s continues to have a focus and role in the community and while our numbers are not great the faithfulness of our congregations is. We continue to offer a variety of worship patterns from the traditional Eucharist and Family Service through to Café Church --- something for everyone. There are of course other activities during the week which contribute to the life of the worshiping community. The amount families that bring their children for Baptism continues to increase but it is sad to note that rarely – if ever – do we see the families joining us in our services after the Baptism.

 

The school also has a contribution to make in the life of the church holding services in church for the major festivals. I continue to enjoy my association with the school as a governor and a frequent visitor.

 

The time since my licensing has past so quickly and now, I face retirement (again). You will all have heard me say at one time or other that we are all on a pilgrimage together – we travel together.  We join and leave pilgrimage. My time of pilgrimage with you will shortly come to an end and Jan and I must leave to join a pilgrimage somewhere else.  It’s been an interesting few years with challenges, some sadness and joy.

 

There is an old Welsh saying “Every farmer must end a working day – time to lift the plough from the land and he should not look back on the furrow ploughed for its weakness or success – others can do that”

 

With my love. Fr Bryn (Parish Priest)

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