Ten days ago the search committee sent notice to members that they were in the process of evaluating a number of applications for the position of rector of St Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, with a view to recommending to the vestry a new candidate to take on this role in the fall.
This means the clock on my own time here is ticking away, and I will be moving on. In these unprecedented times there are few opportunities for priests who are looking to move to pastures new, however I have been very fortunate to have been offered the position of interim rector at St Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach, Delaware, starting on August 1, 2020.
I am feeling a mixture of joy and sadness, as you can imagine. I am joyful about the prospect of serving the people of Bethany Beach, and my initial meeting with the wardens and secretary has convinced me that this is an ideal move for me. However, I am sad at the prospect of leaving St Barnabas, because I have made so many close friends here and because you have been a joy to serve among, in more ways than you realize.
I am writing on St Barnabas’ own feast day, which is significant. Barnabas spent a year in Antioch, where he encouraged and brought many people to believe in the risen Lord. I have spent a year at St Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, and I hope that I have been, like St Barnabas, a “son of encouragement” to you all.
This is not a farewell letter, just a note of my future departure date. I am looking forward to saying a proper goodbye to everyone closer to the time. I will keep you in my prayers and would be grateful if you would keep me and Ruth in your prayers too.
With every blessing,