Vicar's Column December 2019
St John the Baptist Parish Church
Advent is upon us; a time of beginnings and endings. (Not forgetting the general election.) While the end of the calendar year approaches, Advent marks the start of a new liturgical year in the church. Advent is a season of waiting and preparation for Christmas, where in the church, amidst the commercial mayhem we try to retain something of the anticipation of the incarnation, God’s love breaking into our world in all its vulnerability. Christmas this year marks the end of an era in the life of St John’s: David Ramsbottom will be retiring from his ministry here. He, and his wife Julie, will be gearing up to move on to pastures new.
Some of you will recall when David joined us back in the Summer of 2012 as a freshly ordained “young” Curate. Fortunately for us, when his period of training came to an end, David chose to remain at St John’s as an Associate Priest. David will be sorely missed by us all. He has been a huge asset to our ministry team, getting involved in the life of our church in his self-effacing, caring fashion. As well as getting on with the nuts and bolts of ministry, David as a gifted singer has often stepped in to enhance our choir. He has had a particular involvement with the Pathfinders, and in the wider community, David will also be missed by members of the British Legion, having served as their Padre.
We are very grateful to David for the blessing he has been to this parish and wish him and Julie all the best for the next phase of their lives.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
(Traditional Gaelic blessing)
Revd Dr Lisa Cornwell
Church Office (firstname.lastname@example.org )
- 01344 761521
Find St John the Baptist Parish Church
Waterloo Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7NT
There is ample parking along Waterloo Road, and around the back of the Church on the unmade road Church Street.