Today was a family@church barbeque at the Sancroft Hall and has been an opportunity for people to say cheerio to Cathy and Andrew Bladen before they leave so Cathy can take up her new post as Priest in Charge at Stanton, Barningham, Market Weston, Coney Weston, Hopton, Thelnetham, Hepworth and Hinderclay.
In case you missed it, below is the farewell letter she wrote in the July edition of Six Sense.
Dear friends and neighbours,Since arriving in the Sancroft Benefice three years ago I have been really struck by the changing seasons in a way I've never been before. Every season brings with it new things and its own beauty. At this time of year the countryside around us is constantly changing as spring blossom and new growth give way to summer flowering and the gradual ripening of fruit and crops. For me, being here has been a season of rapid growth and fruitfulness in so many ways, both personally and spiritually.As I come to the end of my curacy and Andrew and I prepare to move, we are so thankful for our time here. We've loved the beauty of this part of Suffolk; I think the Waveney Valley will always be one of my favourite areas now. But as always it’s the community and the people that really make the difference and the sense of welcome in both the villages and the churches has been wonderful and we have loved being a part of you... So thank you.We are, of course, very sad to be leaving you all, but we’re not moving too far. We’re going just down the A143 a bit towards Bury St Edmunds, where I am going to be Priest in Charge at Stanton, Barningham, Market Weston, Coney Weston, Hopton, Thelnetham, Hepworth and Hinderclay. We’re looking forward to the new adventure.When I first began to feel God was calling me to be a priest, a long time ago, I was given a reading from St. John’s gospel. It’s now one of my favourite readings... (John 5:16). In it God says, ‘You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit’... So we’re excited about the new work and looking forward to see what God has in store for us as we enter into our new season and what we pray will be a time of fruitfulness.My last service in the benefice will be on Sunday 22 July, which is a family@church service at Fressingfield at 10am, followed by fun and games on the Sancroft Hall Green at 11.30am, and then lunch at 12.30pm. Please just turn up on the day. It will be lovely to see you.God bless you,love Cathy.