Dear Church Family,
We write to tell you news that is hard for us to share, which is that we will be leaving Sutton Parish later this year. The letter comes with a depth of love for you and prayers for you ongoing. You have a permanent place in our hearts.
In August 2017 we left our family in the South and answered God’s call to make our home amongst you here in St. Helens. You have welcomed us and taught us many things. You have loved us and we have loved you. We have served you and the community here as best we can through momentous times of upheaval and challenge in the world.
On Valentine’s Day this year we received a new call to three parishes in rural Bedfordshire, and we believe this to be God’s leading. We will be leaving Sutton in early June to start a new ministry in the villages of Silsoe, Pulloxhill and Flitton in the Diocese of St. Albans.
Our new home and churches are 20 minutes’ drive from our daughters and our grandson Ben, and this feels like a great gift to us after years of being so far away from them.
We are so glad that you have a faithful ministry team to continue to love and serve you here in the years to come. Lynn and Ann, together with Lorraine in the office, the church wardens and PCC will be supported by Deanery Colleagues. The Diocese of Liverpool and Archdeacon Simon Fisher will support the discernment process for future ministerial provision.
There are a few months left to us to enjoy our friendship with you and to work hard to leave well. We expect our last Sunday with you to be June 5th. Our licensing in the Benefice of Silsoe, Pulloxhill and Flitton will be at 7.30pm on 13th July. You are welcome to come, but it is a long way!
We want to bless you and leave you feeling confident that God has good plans for you. The vision of Sutton Parish –to continue ‘living faith and loving Sutton’ is a clear one which will serve well, to take you into the years ahead, living out your faith and serving the community with God’s love.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
With our love today and always
Louise and Simon
St Michaels and All Angels Gartons Lane
Each Sunday at 10am
St Nicholas , New Street.
Each Sunday at 10.30am
Messy Sunday will be at St Nicholas Church Hall on Sunday 10th April at 4pm. A great all age service with crafts and a meal to share to finish with.
Our church buildings are open for services. Please check our Church Online page for all service details.
Further information on current restrictions can be found on the Church of England website.