2005 was quite an eventful year. It was the year that Charles married Camilla, Doctor Who returned to our TV screens and Jamie Oliver took up his fight against the humble Turkey Twizzler; the year that Tony Blair won the UK General Election for the third time, Angela Merkel was elected as Germany’s first female Chancellor and David Cameron became leader of the Conservative Party; the year of the London tube bombings, hurricane Katrina and we said goodbye to Ronnie Barker – one of Britain’s most loved comedians. It was also the year that we moved as a family from Swansea to Dyserth and when, on the 400th Anniversary of Guy Fawkes night, I was inducted to the half time joint pastorate of Dyserth and Holywell United Reformed Churches!
How time flies! In the ten years since there have been many more news stories and the world somehow seems a very different place. We have also made some stories of our own, and are, in some respects, very different people – just look at the photo of Heather and the boys taken at my induction service! How we’ve changed!
What hasn’t changed however is the sense of call that I still feel to ministry here amongst you in Dyserth (as well as in Holywell and to the post of Training and Development Officer in the Synod). Balancing the three different roles with family life and time for myself has not always been easy and continues to be a challenge. There are many times when I have wished I could have been here rather than there, and occasions missed due to wider church commitments, but that is part of the job and the reality of not only ministry but life in the 21st Century.
Ten years has gone quickly and this in due, in no small part, to the support and friendship that you have extended to us over the years. When I hear of some of the problems that some colleagues have with their congregations I realise how fortunate I am to be minister of Horeb! So I would like to say thank you for putting up with me for the past ten years – and for the years that will hopefully follow!
We look back and we look forward but we can only live in the moment that God gives us, each second, each hour, each day. We never know what lies around the next corner let alone what the next few years might bring so we look well to this day as we share the journey and travel onward in faith together. Dyserth is a good place to be and, for the moment at least, I can’t imagine being anywhere else!
With every blessing