St Michael (Church)

Published on September 26th, 2018 | by Content Admin

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Rector’s Farewell Ramblings

The sound of music is well known for many iconic songs, but the one that comes to mind now is sung by the Von Trapp family as they prepare to leave.

There´s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall
And the bells in the steeple too
And up in the nursery an absurd little bird
Is popping out to say “cuckoo”

Regretfully they tell us
But firmly they compel us
To say goodbye

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu
Adieu, adieu, to you and you and you.

ong reminds us that there are many ways of saying good bye.  Some with more permanence than others, some imply a future meeting or return.

And so I want to say Au revoir which translates to “until we each see each other again”.

Heather and I have enjoyed our stay in these five villages and have grown very fond of them and their people.  We hope that we will stay in touch and that if you are passing Bedford then you can turn off the by-pass as we are only five minutes away.

We would also like to say thank you to everybody who has welcomed us and helped us during our time here, for those who have supported our ministry, for those who have opened their houses and hearts to us and Millie too.  It would be inappropriate to single people out and mention some names and not others, so we would just like to thank you all.

As we look forward to being welcomed into our new parish, I would want to encourage you all to be ready to welcome your new priest and their possible family when they are appointed.  A warm friendly welcome is such a wonderful thing to receive when a family has moved not only job, but house, school and will no doubt be feeling a little nervous about what lies ahead.

We have enjoyed doing many things while among you, with Pizza Praise, Holiday club, Candle Prayers, Taize Worship, BFC, Routz to mention just a few.  We leave them in your hands now and hope that they will continue and grow.  We also pray that the drawing together of the five churches will continue and that with help and support from each other, the church will continue to grow through the interregnum.

So may God Bless you and keep you, may he make his face to shine upon you, and give you his peace.

Until we meet again, may God hold you all in the palm of his hand.                           Simon & Heather.

Invitation to all Parishioners

You are invited to Rev Simon Dommett’s last service here at St.Michael’s, Aynho at 11.0am 21st October followed by a Buffet Lunch in the Village Hall.  We are sorry to see him and his wife Heather leave us, but wish them well in their new parish. A big “Thank-you” to them both for all their work and commitment to our village community.                                                                                                                                                                      Graham Gibbs – Church Warden


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