Rev Keith Beckingham
July and August
From the Rev . Keith...
I wonder if you remember the old song, "When you come to the end of a lollipop..."? It is strange that a moment that once seemed distant, quickly become immanent and then passes into history. So it is with the occasion for my final pastoral letter to you. I am writing well in advance, but by the time it goes to print our farewell service will have passed and you will be looking forward to welcoming Rev Jeremy (Jem) Hawkins and Mrs Wendy Hawkins and their family.
The main tasks of this letter are to warmly com mend Jem and Wendy to you, to express genuine thanks for all the kindness and support extended to Hilary and I over the last five years and to encourage you to continue to trust in God, to work for Him within the church and to engage in the mission of God in this area. In Jeremiah 29:11 we read, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." A wise person once told me,"/ dont know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future".
I am no Captain Kirk, but I aspire "to boldly go' into the future that God has marked out, and my prayer for you is that you may be given grace to do the same. It has been a privilege to serve God in this appointment and especially to share important moments in the lives of so many families. But now, from Hilary and I, thank you, God bless you and farewell.
As we approach a new Connexionat Year we pray for Keith and Hilary and those Ministers who will shortly be taking up new appointments, and for the congregations receiving them. Lord we pray that the Gospel of your Good News may be preached to all as may listen, that Your name may be glonTied and Your will be done. Amen.
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