The Vicar Writes....
When I came to St John’s in July 2000. I tried to listen hard and look carefully so that I might discover what God wanted us to do together.
I saw I had three tasks. The first was to nurture the faith of the church and the community. The second task was to make stronger links with the local community and do all I could to strengthen and enrich the life of this community-working with many groups and individuals. The third task was to restore the whole site at St John’s.
I knew these tasks were large. I knew I could not do them alone. I prayed that many others would share this vision and share these tasks with me.
That prayer was answered. Thirteen years later we can look back now and see what we have achieved together. It is far more than I dared to hope for. And yet it really happened! So now I give thanks to God, to the Church of England, to my family, and to all those with whom I have shared this work. To all those who dared to trust me and work with me, to all those who have educated me, and shared the struggles and the joys of these years together. May I say ‘Thank You’. It has been a joy and a privilege to work with you, and to share with you the life, the hope, and the astonishing achievements of this community.
Leytonstone in 2013 is very different from Leytonstone in 2000.
There are new questions and new opportunities, that we could not have dreamed of thirteen years ago. I pray that you and your new Vicar may face those questions bravely, discern what God wants you to be and to do, and to build a new future together. In that great task you will have my prayers and my best wishes. I know what you have done. I know what you can do, if you work together in this community, in the years to come. May God bless you all.