As We Set Off Down Nottingham Road…

Last Sunday was one of the most special days of our lives. Thank you all SO much for all you gave us. To see the church filled with so many people to whom we feel so closely bonded was the most wonderful context to worship together, to reflect, to pray and then gather together around Christ’s table. And it was a real treat to spend time later with many.

Thank you for the beautiful plate you gave us. It’s a perfect colour, not least as that shade of blue reminds Joanna of her alma mater university and me of my old school! For sure it will have a prominent place and we will use it a lot. Every time we see it, we’ll remember you. We discovered from you an amazingly generous gift voucher, to be spent as soon as we have a home in Nottingham. We’ve had lots of wonderful gifts: a great picture of St John’s, photo books, food, wine – your generosity and imagination knows no bounds (we want to thank the giver of the great golf ball clock – the card had become detached.)

We will live for a long time with the warmth, depth and richness of Sunday. We will keep in touch. My next post as interim Chaplain to Bishop Paul begins on 1st Sept, and we hope a parish in Nottingham will soon be confirmed. It IS amazing that the street opposite St John’s Church is named as it is, so that we could together walk a bit down the Road to Nottingham, our hearts strong with this blessing Brian and Gayle, on your behalf, had just prayed:

As Tom and Joanna begin their journey to Nottingham, we bless them in the name of the Lord. May our heavenly Father be your help, as you walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. May the power of the Cross and Resurrection keep you, by day and by night, from all evil. May the Holy Spirit lead you each day in your going out and in your coming in, that you bring in a rich harvest, from this time forth and for evermore. AMEN