JOAN JACKSON shares the thoughts of us all
What comes to mind when we mention Rev Sue? Her caring and compassion, her ability to relate to all ages, her multi-coloured coat and her love of chocolate! But also the way she has encouraged our church to be the church in the community, responding to the different challenges throughout her time with us and especially during this Covid 19 pandemic.
As we’re unable to say a ‘face to face’ farewell we’ve been collecting messages to include in a special scrapbook to give to Sue and it seems appropriate to share some of these in Pivot.
‘Thank you for giving us such different ways of worship that I was not sure of at first, but came to find stimulating.’
‘The joys and sorrows you have shared with us, your work in the community and the many people whose lives you have touched along the way.’
‘I will really miss her strong faith, her warmth and friendliness.’
‘Rev Sue is very approachable with a clear calling to ministry. Her preaching could be challenging as well as encouraging and she was not afraid to “try different things!”.’
‘I would like to thank you for all your hard work and kindness.’
‘We will miss your sense of humour and
understanding in some difficult circumstances.’
‘We really appreciate your dedication and hard work to help us become a thriving church, reaching out to our busy community. Your energy and warm character have been a great asset to Churches Together in Broadstone.’
‘My memory will be your rainbow coloured jumper beneath your rainbow coloured smile, always welcoming to everyone.’
‘You are “the best Rev!”.’
‘Your compassion, warmth and humour will be greatly missed not just by your churches but across the area, ecumenical friends and the community. You have brought a giggle to coffee mornings encouraged the congregation to relax and find meaning in new forms of worship and engaged with every generation. All your services and prayers come straight from the heart and thank you for sharing yourself over the last years. I’ll remember not only your rainbow coloured jacket but your sympathy and kindness when most needed.’
There are so many more but it’s impossible to include them all!
However we must also include Sue’s husband Colin – her ‘rock’ and background support to ensure she could fulfil her calling and a caring and helpful friend to many.
We say a big thank you to you both and pray that you will have a long and happy retirement, enjoying time with your family and having the opportunity to do what you want when you want!!
We shall all miss you but hope you will come back to see us sometime in the future.
May God bless you both.