Dear members of  St. Luke's


I have this week celebrated my 64th birthday and so feel it is right to tell you that it is my intention to retire on my 65th. There are many reasons why I would love to stay longer, not least the great love and goodness Annie and I have received while we have been here. St. Luke's is very placed to grow strongly in the coming years and we would have loved to have been part of this.


However, age takes its toll and no one escapes it. There is a saying among musicians  that if you don't practise for a few days, only you notice the difference. If you don't practise for a few weeks your friends notice. If you don't practise for a few months everyone notices. Aging has similarities in that initially only you yourself notice the mistakes, the forgettings and tirednesses. As time goes on others notice, and it would be tragic if I became a brake on St. Luke's growth.  Being Vicar of a growing church is demanding and requires an experienced but younger person. Though I have no part in choosing a successor, I do want to put it on record that I have believed Jeremy to be the right person from the moment I read his CV. Everything that has happened since has confirmed this view, and the need for an associate Minister will continue if St. Luke's is to continue to grow.


The timing should work well for the parish. In a year's time Jeremy should be back to full health, and well placed to apply for the job if he so wishes. Interviews should be possible in May or June, and knowing the vagaries of appointments in the Church of England, this would give him sufficient time to apply for other jobs should he be unsuccessful.


This coming year is an important one for us as a church in establishing a pathway for us all to grow in faith. God has been building His church in Grayshott for some time, and a change of vicar will not stop God continuing. Our personal focus needs to be on how we are listening to God, and following His instructions on a daily basis. If we do that, everything else will fall into place. I am intending to give myself wholly to this process throughout my last year, trying to build up the leadership capabilities of individuals, and continuing to prepare St. Luke’s for the next phase of growth.


With my love and prayers,



Calendar of Events

Holy Communion (BCP)

Thursday 21st September, 2017
11:00 am - 11:45 am

9.00am Choral Mattins (BCP)

Sunday 24th September, 2017
9:00 am - 10:00 am

10.30am Holy Communion with Contemporary Music

Sunday 24th September, 2017
10:30 am - 12:05 pm

6pm Holy Communion with Hymns

Sunday 24th September, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Holy Communion (BCP)

Thursday 28th September, 2017
11:00 am - 11:45 am

8.30am Holy Communion (CW)

Sunday 1st October, 2017
8:30 am - 9:15 am