Farewell from Rob

posted Jun 6, 2014, 9:19 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Jun 6, 2014, 9:20 AM by Simon Talbot ]
As I sit writing this letter for the magazine it feels strange to think it is my last one before I retire and Joan and I move to live in Exeter.

I was ordained a deacon in Canterbury Cathedral on the 3rd July 1994, and my last service here in St Mary’s, Uffculme, is at 11.00am on Sunday 22nd June. It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible on that day and the service will be followed by a BBQ, to which all are welcome.

Our time here in the Culm Valley Mission Community has been short, threeyears, but right from the start we felt very welcome and we do thank God for your friendship, prayers and support. It was a privilege to journey with you and the parish of Uffculme holds a special place in our hearts.

My departure and that of Rev’d Pam Thomas from Kentisbeare means that until those positions are filled, which could be many months in Pam’s case and over a year in mine (the arrangements for the positions are different) an increased workload will come the way of Rev’d Selina. Her role as Vicar of Uffculme is parttime and she already puts in a tremendous amount of time above her two days a week in the parish, so do support her and the Churchwardens in prayer and practically in whatever way you can, especially during this time of added responsibility.

In one of my previous parishes a parishioner used to say, “Vicar’s come and Vicar’s go, but the church [of God] goes on for ever.” She was right! We change daily in many ways, but thankfully we have a God who is faithful and unchanging. In the month of June the church acknowledges this as it celebrates the Day of Pentecost on Sunday 8th and on the 15th Trinity Sunday. Both are very special occasions.

Pentecost marks the beginning of the church as we know it. On the first Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came and breathed new life into many people. They were transformed. The position has not changed in that the gift of God’s Spirit is still given to all who turn to Christ in repentance and faith. 

On Trinity Sunday we remember that the church worships an eternal, triune God. The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit have always existed in perfect harmony and will always do so. The staggering reality is that God loves us more than we can ever fully understand or appreciate, Jesus Christ showed that love by dying for us on the cross, and The Holy Spirit helps us become more like Jesus and his presence is a guarantee of our eternal inheritance in heaven. 

Through all the changing scenes of life, I pray that you will know and experience the presence and peace of the one eternal and unchanging God.


Revd Rob Wilkinson
Mission Community Leader