Guernsey Post, 6 November 2021

“So long, and thanks for all the fish,” said the dolphins when departing planet Earth in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. In other words, goodbye, and thank you for all the good we have received.

As we continue packing up, preparing to leave Guernsey and move to Wales at the end of the year, this phrase seems so apt although, as I admitted to the Dean before accepting the call to become Rector of the Vale, I’m not really too keen on seafood. 

The ministry of a priest, pastor, church minister, is one of upheaval. We start exploring whether God might be calling us to move to and minister in a particular place, with no idea how long for. Then, at a later date, we start feeling that God jut might be nudging us to explore something else again. We step out in faith, take a risk.

A fellow priest once compared ministry to that of a hitchhiker. You jump in, maybe suggest a change of radio station, or a slightly different route, maybe journeying for a long time, maybe a short time. In the end, you jump out and the car continues on its way while another hitchhiker jumps in as the cycle repeats.

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to live and minister amongst the people of Guernsey for this last three years, trying to make sense of how to navigate the peculiar times of pandemic. Now, though, it is time to move on, with my life enriched by my experiences here, and hopefully Guernsey enriched in a small way through my ministry.

I am thankful that we had the opportunity to have made this bailiwick our home, we have been blessed. As we leave I say – “So long, and thanks for all the fish.”

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