"In consultation with the Bishop and Parish Wardens, Libby and I believe we have led Nativity as far as we are able.
Therefore with very sad hearts we tell you, I have tendered my resignation as Vicar of Nativity, to the Bishop. It seems that it needs someone with a different skill set and giftings to lead Nativity into the next stage of Parish Life.
As you know Parish finances do not allow us an option to stay on as Pastoral staff. There are 2 factors I believe are important to say at this point
- This has been months in the making and has nothing to do with the operational review the Reverend Robin Kingston is preparing.
- I have annual and sabbatical leave that needs to be taken before I officially finish here. Therefore in 2019, after annual leave in January and sabbatical leave from February to late April. My last Sunday here will be 5 May, so we’ll be around for another 6 months off and on."
"As Bob said, our hearts are very sad. It’s been a hard few months recently. We had anticipated journeying with you all for some time yet, but it’s not to be.
We love you all and we have experienced so much love from you, and that’s why we need to be real here and say it hurts so much to share this news.
God has never let us down. He has an exciting future for Nativity that he’s already hinted at through Bob and the leadership and God has an exciting future for us too that we are seeking him about constantly.
We don’t know what the future holds for us, but we know the one who holds the future, and that’s a very good start."
It's not that we want to leave. We don't. It's that we have loved being part of this Parish, and like raising kids, part of the care is knowing when it's time to get out of the way. So we'll still be around for a while, and will look forward to seeing you and worshipping with you for the next 6 months.
Grace and peace to you all.
Bob and Libby