End of An Era

I’m more than a month late posting these pics from my final Sunday at St. Giles Kingsway and The Well. My personal reflection on the events of May 16 can be accessed in a previous post. I simply wanted to use this space to post a few pics with a couple of comments on each…

The Well, May 16, 2010 

The Well was born on September 7, 2008. As an idea, it was born almost a year prior to that. The Well is an informal, highly contemporary, service that succeeded in attracting new families to St. Giles Kingsway and nurturing them in the faith. I was so pleased that on our final Sunday at The Well, we completely packed the place! As usual, Allen Froese and his band did an outstanding job leading the music, and Diana Loach was fantastic teaching and engaging the army of kids that showed up for the finale. Our hospitality team, led by Lois Taylor and our greeters, brought their “A” game, and we lingered afterwards over pizza.

In this pic is Don Taylor—elder, Clerk of Session, and one of my best friends in the world. Engaging Don in conversation is our almost 8-year-old daughter, Anya—who just adores Don! Anya is wearing her new necklace, a gift from the congregation, presented to her following the 10 am service earlier in the day.

Besides apparently giving myself a neck massage, I am engaging another one of my best friends, David Terry. David, if I recall, came to St. Giles Kingsway in 2003. David and MaryAnne became members and I had the privilege of baptizing their two children. David later became the Convenor of the Worship Committee and a member of our Session. At every turn, I was encouraged by David’s persistent support for me and for the new initiatives of the congregation.

This picture captures the final moment of my leading my final worship service at The Well. For me, it is the end of an era. It was a good run that produced great memories. I learned a lot about ministry during my 8 years at St. Giles Kingsway and am so thankful to have had such great people to work with.

I believe God was honoured here—not only in our ministry, but also in our friendships.

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