Firstly can I say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who made my last service at All Saints as Associate Vicar so special and so memorable! Thank you also for the beautiful flowers and the very generous gift voucher! I have very much enjoyed my time at All Saints and am very sorry to be giving up my post.
For those of you not up to date with the story – I broke my spine 10 years ago (funnily enough on a 12th century church font!) and in spite of lots of surgery, lots of metal, screws and bolts the back was never the same again. Having electrodes and electric circuits implanted eased the condition for a while – but 10 years down the line the spine isn’t holding up so well, I’m relying on more and more pain killers and in a nut shell the consultants at St Thomas’ Hospital have said that unless I cut back and slow down considerably I will become considerably less mobile as the spine continues to deteriorate. Hence the reason for my medical retirement from All Saints. It was not by choice – more by necessity!
When clergy retire, for whatever reason, there is a recommended 6 month break from ministry which is what I am currently embarking on. But when the 6 months is up I can apply for a P.T.O – or permission to officiate – which means that I can then take services, funerals, weddings, baptisms etc so if clergy go on holiday or are ill I can step into the breach – so you may not have seen the last of me at ministering at All Saints!
In the meantime, I will be joining the congregation at All Saints after a short break so really, I’m not going anywhere……I’m just changing seats!