St Philip and St James’s church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD

Thank you for the amazing Celebrations on Sunday, 24 June 2018

Dear Everyone!  I remain overwhelmed by the cards received, the conversations of best wishes and the Congregation gathering after the 10 am Service on Sunday.  Magnificent fizz cake and lovely flowers [still ‘in the pink’!], for which my thanks.  The generosity of my present in the form of a cheque caused me to have a stunned silence, when I returned home, followed by a jig around the dining room.  There will be a period of happy debate with myself about how to use it, weighing one delightful option against another.  A very big thank you.

It has been an extraordinary journey with you all over the last 14 years, a real rollercoaster at times.  We have walked, talked, discussed, and argued in meetings [many!], on weekends and days away and countless other places.  I have been supported in prayer, encouraged when struggling and enjoyed sharing our joys and laughter, as well as the privilege of sharing some of your sad times.  I have been much blessed in this part of the Body of Christ at P & J.  Thank you.

I came to Cheltenham to retire – it has just taken a tad longer than I expected!  So, prayers please, for my next season. But it is a time for your next season also: my prayers and blessings for all of you in this place. Liz Mitchell

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