REV­EREND THORPE HAS BEEN OUR ROCK MARY PHILLIPS On be­half of the lead­ers and trus­tees of The Rock

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

THE Rock is a small group of peo­ple who have been meet­ing to­gether as a church in Chal­font St Giles for the past 11 years to learn about God’s love for us and the Chris­tian way of liv­ing, and to love and care for each other as fam­ily.

Dur­ing that time Rev­erend Ian Thorpe has led us in wor­ship, prayer and teach­ing, and sup­ported us – and the rest of the vil­lage – pas­torally.

Ian’s wife, Jenny, has been “mum” to all.

It is with great sad­ness that this small con­gre­ga­tion has ar­rived at the point where we are un­able to sup­port Rev and Mrs Thorpe fi­nan­cially be­yond the next few months.

Rev Thorpe will there­fore be made re­dun­dant and his pe­riod of no­tice will start at the end of June.

Ian will be a vis­i­ble pres­ence in the vil­lage for some time af­ter that to visit, chat, and of­fer pas­toral sup­port, but in or­der to free him to be able to look for new em­ploy­ment else­where, he will con­duct his last ser­vice at The Rock on Sunday July 17.

It is en­vis­aged that there will be a farewell party some­time in Septem­ber.

Those of us who re­main at The Rock will ob­vi­ously feel this loss keenly, but we will be sup­port­ing each other as God’s fam­ily, seek­ing to serve and sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity as best we can, and will con­tinue to of­fer a warm wel­come to any­one who would like to join us in what we see as a new ad­ven­ture.

While we seek the way for­ward, the pat­tern of our meet­ings may vary, so please phone Mary Phillips on 01494 874681 for more in­for­ma­tion. You can also visit our web­site or fol­low us on twit­ter – TheRock@TheRockcsg.

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