In the October 2005 edition of Praxis there was a page headed ‘Introducing the Salsbury’s’. Then we were about to move from Swansea to Dyserth and James, Thomas and Adam were aged 6, 5 and 2! A lot has happened since then, and now, 13 years later, it is time for me to sign off as minister of Horeb.
Dyserth has been (and for a while will continue to be) a good place to live and work. We have made many friends in village through the work of the school, Ti-a-fi, football club and of course the church which not only welcomed us 13 years ago but has continued to support and care for us ever since.
As a family many things have changed in our time here. James and Thomas are now at university and Adam is in Year 11 at Prestatyn High. Heather returned to studies and now works as a qualified teacher at Rhyl and Llandrillo Colleges and through my ministry in Dyserth, Holywell, and as Training and Development Officer for the Synod, I have been presented with lots of challenges and given many interesting opportunities.
When I came in 2005 you agreed that the proportion of my time allocated to Dyserth would be 30%. Inevitably this has meant that there will have been times when I’ve not been around as much as either I or you might have liked. But on the whole I think the arrangement has worked well and it has been a joy to serve here as your minister.
So, thank you for your love, support and patience, and for your commitment, not to help the minister, but to work in partnership with me as we have seen the church develop and grow over the years. Many things have changed at Horeb in this time. Some of the people may be the same (albeit a little older!), but the building is almost unrecognisable in many respects. There is still a friendly buzz about the place (and I don’t just mean the flies!) and the warmth of fellowship is as tangible as ever.
As much as I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead I’m sure I will miss the pastoral aspects of ministry, being ‘hands on’ in a local church, getting to know a congregation and sharing in your lives in a way that few other jobs permit. Thank you for letting me in and allowing me to do this amongst you. For the trust you have placed in me, for your willingness to try new things and for the commitment of time, money and energy that you give to the church. Whatever the future may hold, for you as individuals and for Horeb as a church may I wish you God’s richest blessings as you step out in faith and continue along the road of discipleship.
He who calls you will do it, because he is faithful. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
In Christian love. David