Thursday, 10 January 2013

Open Letter to Parishioners at the End of My Curacy

At the beginning of a new year most people reflect back over the past year, and look forward with hope to the new year.  This new year has arrived the day after my curacy at St. James and Emmanuel ended.  And so I look back over the past three-and-a-half years as your curate, and I look forward to the start of something completely new in the future. 

The first thing I want to say to you all is ‘thank you’.  When I think back to the beginning of my curacy, I remember being very warmly welcomed at both churches.  I was so ‘green’ at ministry; I almost cringe to remember it!  But as you were forgiving and tolerant of me, so I have been able to learn from the numerous mistakes I have made. 

Serving in a parish as diverse as St James with Emmanuel has broadened my experience in so many ways, which will stand me in good stead for the future.  New Brighton is an amazing community of people.  As your curate over the past 3 ½ years, I’ve had the deep privilege of sharing with many of you some of life’s most challenging and intense moments:  births and baptisms, marriages, deaths and many other pastoral situations.  We’ve celebrated together in worship and for a variety of special occasions.  I will remember this time for ever, and will be holding you all in prayer as I move on to other places. 

As I write, I am preparing for an interview in a parish not too far away; as yet, I cannot as yet say where it is - but soon as possible, I will let you all know.  No matter what happens, please know that I will remember you with love.  Thank you all so much for what you have given me over the past few years.  Never forget:  All things are possible with God.  May God bless you and keep you.  Love, Karen.