Last Sunday at St Mary’s, supported by family and by some 70 of her friends, Flo Williams was presented by Rev’d Oliver Ross on behalf of Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, with a St Mellitus Medal. Norman Lawrence reflects on it.
Faith, prayer and service – a good summary of the Christian life – is certainly an accurate summary of the Christian witness of Flo over many years.
Flo has sought to serve the needs of others, not only in serving the church but also as a magistrate. She was a member of the Hounslow Bench for thirty-five years sitting as a youth and family magistrate where her wisdom and compassion was greatly valued.
In the past few years Flo has been “looking after” the congregation of St. Mary’s through preaching, leading worship and pastorally caring for the fellowship.
This witness to the gospel was recognized last Sunday by the award to Flo of the St. Mellitus Medal. St. Mellitus was, effectively, made the first bishop of London in 604 and the medal in his name is “conferred upon a person who has made a substantial contribution to the Christian life of London.”
There can be no doubt that Flo Williams has fulfilled that call with distinction. Oliver Ross, who until 10 years ago was Vicar of Holy Trinity Hounslow, spoke of Flo’s life of faith, prayer and service.
Thank you Flo for your prayer, faith and witness to so many.