Sunday 6 October saw a large congregation at St Mary’s Parish church Woodbridge, celebrating the safely gathered harvest in a church beautifully decorated with flowers, fruits and locally grown vegetables. Brownies and Guides, carrying their banners high, and little children bearing gifts of food for the homeless, joined the procession of choir and clergy around the church. It was indeed a service of thankfulness – for the many gifts we sometimes take for granted – of food, water, shelter - and for the dedicated work of good people locally.
So it was a fitting occasion for the Rector, Rev Canon Kevan McCormack, to publicly thank the retiring lay Reader Michael Booth for his long service, and to show appreciation with a gift from the congregation.
Michael has served as a Reader in St Mary’s for 13 years, giving pastoral care to the housebound, organising and running quiet days, organising public talks with visiting speakers, as well as leading services both at St Mary’s and Seckford Chapel, and preaching in his own eloquent and profound way. We wish Michael a happy ‘retirement’ – although we were happy to learn that he will still be ‘helping out’ occasionally in the future. Many in the congregation stayed on to enjoy a shared harvest lunch together – in thankfulness and fellowship.
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