Vicar's Letter May 2016
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you of the passing of our Reader (Lay Minister) Mrs Carole Walker.
Many of you will have known Carole through her funeral ministry and also for her Animal Blessing Service which she held annually in October around St Francis of Assisi feast-day.
Carole has served this church and community with a generous and gracious heart and we will miss her greatly. Our deepest sympathies to her family and her close friends.
The funeral service will take place on Thursday 28th May at 12.30pm in church.
During the day we can see that the birds fly about in many different directions. But when evening comes then we can see that their wanderings stop and they focus on a particular destination. They start to fly towards something more definite - they fly towards home.
We all need a home and Carole had a loving home and family. To have a home is not just about bricks and mortar - it is also about the close ties with the people who we share our homes with - people who accept us as we are and love us as we are.
Carole was greatly loved and respected and she was loved greatly and respected greatly in return. Home is important… in the Bible we learn of the new, living hope of a glorious, eternal home with Christ. We can be assured that Carole is in that eternal home now.
She wrote to us ‘If I die tomorrow I would give thanks to God for a good life, not always easy, but blessed with my wonderful husband, my fabulous sisters and lots of friends.’
But she also wrote ‘…don’t be gloomy…’ Sorry Carole, we are going to have a darn good gloom now that we are without you…thank you for being a part of our lives, may you rest in peace and rise in glory.
Revd Jane Parry