From The Rectory – October 2015

Time to say goodbye:
The news that our wonderful Youth Pastor, Kirsty Lynch, is leaving has sent ripples of shock throughout our parish community. Over the past 4½ years Kirsty has been a fantastic friend, a gifted leader and a dedicated Youth Pastor. The secret to her impact on us has been her involvement in every aspect of our parish life, She has never seen herself as an ’employee’ but as a parishioner as well. Youth Pastors tend to focus exclusively on the teenage community, they are not always blessed with the gift of administration but Kirsty has shown extraordinary clarity of mind and organisational skills, she has worked with every age group within the parish from 0 years to 18 years. We will miss Kirsty terribly, both in her impact on our young people, but especially as a friend. We congratulate her on her appointment to ‘The Prince’s Trust’, and wish her every blessing on the next stage of her ministry.
Kirsty’s final Sunday with us will be Sunday 11th October, which also happens to be our Parish Review Meeting as we discern what next for our ministry, property and finance. There are more details about this meeting below, but for now, we pray for Kirsty as she moves on in her ministry. There will be an opportunity to express our thanks to Kirsty on the 11th October. If you want to express that appreciation in a tangible way, please put your gift in an envelope marked ‘Youth Pastor Appreciation’ and drop it into the parish office or the Rectory.
Over the coming weeks the Select Vestry will be discerning what is next for our Youth and children’s ministry, please pray for us in the decisions that lie ahead. In the meantime it is intended that all youth activities will continue as usual, subject to having sufficient leaders in place.