It has been a long school year and a lot has happened. I got engaged. We had some health stuff. We both had a full course load, and then some, each term. I have been working part time. And then there was the church field placement.
Twelve to fifteen hours per week. In a church. Doing stuff.
What that “stuff” was varied each week: preaching, proclaiming the word, leading parts of the liturgy, searching around for my supervisor’s reading glasses (where the heck did he leave them this week?!?), home and hospital visiting, assisting at a funeral, drinking beer at the pub while leading a bible study… the list goes on.
What did not vary each week was the love and support of that church community. St Andrew Memorial Anglican Church: Thank you.
Thank you for being a welcoming community.
Thank you for opening yourselves to me and letting me be myself amongst you.
Thank you for welcoming my partner as warmly as you welcomed me, even though he worships at another church as a part of his field placement.
Thank you for letting me learn without judgement.
Thank you for being a community where it has been okay for me to try and not be perfect.
Thank you for your encouragement, your laughter, your enthusiasm, your chocolate, and your joy.
Thank you for being a community that loves fellowship and food.
Thank you for your heart for worshipping God.
Thank you for loving me.
I have learned a lot from you, with you, and because of you. As Pastor Marty said at my last service with you, a piece of your community will come back to BC with me and will always be a part of my ministry.