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Letter from Susan
There is no easy way for me to say this but I need to tell you that I shall be retiring in October, a little earlier than I had originally planned, after nearly ten years as your parish priest. This was a decision I made last October and has nothing to do with the extraordinary circumstances caused by Covid 19. Eric and I will be returning to Bristol, where we lived before God called me to Titchfield.
Eric retired two and a half years ago. It can be an uneasy balance when one of you is retired and the other working full-time, especially given the unsocial hours often required in parish ministry. We both feel blessed to have lived in such a beautiful environment for so long and to have made many good friends in Titchfield but we are looking forward to spending more time together and with our children and grandchildren.
This has been a fascinating parish in which to serve. The length of tradition in which I have stood, as leader of a Christian community centred on our ancient church for so many centuries, has been truly humbling. God has guided St. Peter’s Titchfield through many changes and challenges and will continue to do so as I take my leave and a decision is made about who will come to you next.
It will be a great wrench to leave the church family and the wider community of the parish. As you may know, I was born and grew up in Portsmouth but discovered after moving here that I have ancestral roots in Titchfield going back 450 years. For me, leaving Titchfield will be leaving home. It has been my great privilege to serve God among you here, sharing with you in the ups and downs of Christian ministry. I shall miss you but will have many, many happy memories to treasure.
I think the time is also right for St. Peter’s Titchfield and God’s mission to this parish. In God’s economy whatever is right for me must also be right for you. I firmly believe St. Peter’s Titchfield now needs someone with fresh energy and vision to help you nurture the tender, green shoots we see growing among our young families because of relationships formed through Teddy Bear Praise, Messy Church, Café Connect and the Sunday morning children’s area in church.
It can be daunting to look towards a vacancy but I know you will be lovingly and ably supported by Revds. Janet, Peter and Julia, Roger our Reader, Revd. Ian Meredith our Area Dean and Archdeacon Gavin Collins our Archdeacon, until a new priest has been appointed.
My last Sunday at St. Peter’s will be Sunday 18th October, the Feast of St. Luke. At the moment it is difficult to know how we shall be able to mark the occasion but we will be sure to keep you informed.
In the meantime, let us remember that God loves us and only wants what is good for his children. “I am with you always,” said the risen Lord Jesus, “Even to the end of time.” (Matthew 28:20)
With my love and prayers,
Please note that I shall be taking a few days’ break from Saturday 23rd – Thursday 28th May.
Sunday 31 May
The order of service sheet for this Sundays service can be found here
We have had to cancel Teddy Bear Praise, Cafe Connect, the Ladies Breakfast and our tea Parties because of the Coronavirus.
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Who we are
We are a lively, diverse and inclusive community, seeking to grow in the Christian faith and to live out our faith in the world around us.
Our services vary from traditional to modern, including “Fresh Expressions ” of church for those who prefer something less formal.
If you would like to know more about the Christian faith, talk to us about baptism, confirmation or arranging a wedding or funeral, please contact the church office which is open Monday to Thursday mornings between 9 and 12 Telephone 01329 847003
Or come along to one of our services. You will be very welcome!
Rev’d Susan Allman
Vicar of St Peter’s Titchfield