Vicar’s blog March 2020

Vicar’s Blog ~ March 2020


Dear friends,

By now you will probably have heard our news, announced on 23rd February, that after 17 years as Vicar of St Mary Magdalene’s, I have accepted the invitation from the Crown to take up the post of Canon Chancellor of Rochester Cathedral. Such a decision and all it entails yields a mixture of emotions for us all, inevitably, and it will take a while for all this to sink in, I am sure. Jessica and Maria and I have had a wonderful 17 years here, with you and among you, and it is by no means easy to leave the people we love and the home we have made. Among other things there is some significant down-sizing to do!

There will be a few months for preparation, reflection and leave-taking, not leastly as we enter the penitential season of Lent, which itself leads through Passiontide through to the greater Easter joy. In many senses we shall walk this journey together in a slightly different way this year. In this much, rejoice with us and weep with us as the joys and sorrows of this all enfolds. Then, in the early summer, on Saturday June 13th the Bishop of Rochester will install me in the Cathedral. You will all be extremely welcome.

Maria is doing her GCSEs and so she and Jessica will stay in Enfield a little longer.

In all this, please pray for us, as we shall be praying for you, through the coming few months, and beyond.

Tis good, Lord, to be here!
Yet we may not remain;
But since you bid us leave the mount,
Come with us to the plain.
J. Armitage Robinson c 1890

With love to you all,