Please read below for the August 2019 letter, written by Fr Chris Giles, in our monthly parish magazine, Trinitas.
As I write, I now have only one Sunday left with you here at Holy Trinity; by the time you read this I will have finished my placement with you. So I thank you all, for each and every conversation, for each story and experience we have shared and allowing me to be, if but for a short time, alongside you on your own journeys.
As we discover, in our lives we continue to grow and learn. The late Bishop John Wraw of Bradwell said to me in a meeting shortly before he passed away, 'you will learn as much from those you serve as you will in all your training'. He certainly was right! So thank you for the wisdom and support you have given me.
Thank you also, for those who joined me at morning and evening prayer; even when I was alone, the spiritual presence that exists within these church walls ensured I wasn't, as my prayers were joined with the thousands over the years who worshiped before us in this holy place.
Moving on is not always an easy thing to do, especially when we often have to leave much behind. Along with the excitement of this comes a certain amount of fear; you too, I am sure, at times in your own lives have experienced this. Let us then remember to keep in our prayers Fr Reid and his wife Charlotte in these last weeks before they arrive in the parish, and as they leave Sheffield behind, and all that it meant to them.
Many biblical figures were called upon to undergo an epic journey, like Moses leading his people out of slavery and that of Jesus himself, teaching, preaching and healing his way on so many journeys during his earthly ministry. The crucial element of a journey is having a mission you aim to fulfil that is almost always met with adversity and doubt. In those difficult times of the journey, we can be inspired by the word of God to give us strength and direction. A Christian journey may not always be easy, but God will give you strength to press on daily and overcome any situation. God promises to work in your life until the end to make you more like Christ, because the Christian life is like a huge adventure with Christ. I read somewhere recently “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin”; and that, 'Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God' (1 Peter 1;18).
I wish God’s abundant blessing upon each of you, please hold me in your prayers, as I will hold you in mine.
With Every Blessing
Fr Chris Giles