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My time at St Leonard's as an interim Assistant Curate has come to an end - and frankly as far as facing a pandemic goes, I couldn’t have been in better company. As a family community we have discovered that church is more than a beautiful historic building to pray in (although it is the loveliest place to pray). Church is also a living body of fellow followers of Christ, each of us important with unique gifts to share and enjoy. We have discovered technical skills we wouldn’t have dreamed of this time last year, with the delights of Zoom Services and the breakout chat rooms have enabled us to get to know each other better, as well as our pets! It’s been hard work but the results have more than paid off. My highlights are listening to Ed, Louise and Trevor play and sing to us, and the privilege of breaking bread and drinking wine on behalf of us all, recalling Christ's sacrificial love and defeat of death. As the death toll now rises again, my prayer joins with yours for those too who have lost their lives during this pandemic, that they might rest in peace and rise in glory.

The uncertainty and waiting continues. So I pray that, along with Tara's Roasts at the Queens Head, the mystery of Christ's abundant peace, grace and mercy might continue to enrich and energise you to serve friend and stranger, with imagination, courage, generosity and joy. Thank you for allowing me to share such a hair-raising and amazing year with you all, I leave with your smiles and generosity in my heart.