I am very grateful for everyone's support and prayers for my licensing as Priest in Charge of St. George's on Tuesday evening. It was a good service with a real sense of coming together. There were people from both St. Luke's and St. George's, representatives from the local community and other Ramsgate churches and the Bishop and Archdeacon.
Sadly, we could not invite everyone, but there was just the right number of people to allow both social distancing and the feeling of a good size gathering. We were not allowed to sing as a congregation, but we had some wonderful singing from a small group of singers from St. Luke's, which really lifted the service.
As well as this coming together of support, I feel that the prayers said for me, both formally during the service and informally by many others including those not able to be there are an incredible blessing. Ultimately, the success of this new partnership between St. Luke's and St. George's, our mission to Ramsgate and my ability to cope with it all depends on God's support and help (Psalm 127:1). So, prayer is essential. It is also a great expression of our love for one another.
Let's also remember to pray for each other's individual needs. Someone today, told me how wonderful it is to have the support of Christian friends, because unlike non-Christian friends they will pray for you! Do pray for those on the prayer list we send out each week and remember other church members that you know, but may not have seen in the last year.
The next few months are going to be both exciting and challenging for both churches and me personally. Firstly (May), we need to adapt to the new services and the fact that I will be leading and preaching at two services each Sunday. Secondly (June), we need to make the switch at St. Luke's from a focus on pre-recorded online services with an in-person church version to 'normal Sunday' gatherings being livestreamed. Thirdly (July), we will be welcoming Claire our new curate. So, please do pray for all of this and keep praying for me as we move into this new era.