The Morning After

At ten o’clock on the morning after the wonderful jubilee celebration I’m reflecting on the events of last evening. There are so many words that come to mind – memories, satisfaction, pride, humility, pleasure, surprise and gratitude. And I’m sure there could be many more.

Perhaps gratitude is the dominant thought. Gratitude for the privilege of ministering at St John’s for 60 yrs in a period when so many changes have taken place. In 1953, the vicar had to apply to the bishop on each occasion when he required a chalice assistant. Not now! And I love the change to the real feeling of family every week and not just in the “All Age” services. Thanks for the work of so many in arranging for the participants in last night’s service; for arranging the catering and for making visitors welcome. This sense of welcome week by week was a dominant theme in conversation after the service.

Then memories. Tiny Tots of twenty odd years ago are now parents themselves and coming to Toddler Church. Memories of confirmation groups; of bereaved families; of baptism parties.

Surprise. The privilege of membership of the Order of St Mellitus was a total surprise – dare I say a shock. This was a really well kept secret but one of which I am very proud.

And back to gratitude. Thanks to all of you at St John’s who are so supportive of me in so many ways especially when Betty died just a year ago. And thanks to Betty and the whole family without whom I could have done nothing.

Deo Gratia. To God be the Glory, great things he hath done!

Arthur Spikins