A Lovely Occasion!
I am writing this after returning home from St Mary’s Pre-Lent Lunch on March the 2nd with our CMS Mission Partners, Rev. Allan and Dr. Anne Lacey.
We had had a wonderful morning with Allan and Anne who had joined us for the 10am Service during which they had given us a presentation of their work and life in Uganda. They showed us a selection of photos of the local area and the people they worked with, including photos of Bishop Joel (right) who many of the congregation remember from his time spent here at St Mary’s.
After the service, and over a simple but wonderful lunch of home-made soups with rolls, french stick, fruit and cheese, we all chatted with Allan and Anne and they filled us in on more of the things we had read about in their Link Letters from Uganda. They were given two cards, one made by the members of the JC Club and one signed by a large majority of our regular congregation (including several who were unable to join us for the occasion), which had two pictures of our church on it to remind them of us.
. Allan and Anne are now winding down to retirement and are readusting to life in the UK. They enjoy being near to their family and are getting to know their new grandson.
The collection taken after the lunch which was £100 has been sent to CMS in honour of the work of Allan and Anne.
We wish them every happiness in their retirement.
Zillah’s House which members of our congregation made a contribution to last year
Anne with Zillah’s family and friends at the celebration of the house build.
We have just received the final Link Letter from Allan and Anne and, on the back page of this, there is a picture of the lovely card our JC Club gave to them! It is a special farewell Link Letter, full of photos and is very interesting. Please do take the time to stop and read it – it is on the notice board at the back of church. Some previous Link Letters are available to download form the CMS site : Click here