To all our friends at St Stephen’s and St Leodegar’s.
It is with conflicting emotions that I have to announce that we will be leaving the Benefice later this year as I take up a new appointment near Basingstoke in North Hampshire in the Diocese of Winchester. I have been appointed Rector of Overton with Laverstoke and Freefolk and Priest-in-charge of North Waltham, Steventon, Ashe and Deane – nothing like as unwieldy as it sounds I might add!
Needless to say, a decision like this is never made lightly. We will, of course, be very sad to be saying our goodbyes to you all but, at the same time, we feel excited about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for us. We sense that God is leading us on this next stage of our journey and for ourselves and our wider family the timing feels right.
Pending further confirmation, we will expect to be leaving here in early June with my licensing taking place in St.Mary’s, Overton, in late June or very early July. My formal appointment is, of course, subject to all statutory checks and clearances being completed.
It just leaves me to say that for all of us as we move into 2019 we must continue to trust the future of our Benefice here into God’s hands and we pray for his leading and provision in the months and years ahead.