When the party got underway after Sallie’s ordination, Trevor Nott spoke eloquently about her dedication to ministry within the parishes. It was very humbling to us both to hear how much her past service as a Reader has been appreciated.
It is inevitable that, as a newly ordained Deacon in the new joint benefices, the future will hold new challenges and opportunities for her – which I know she will rise to meet.
Sue Coley had excelled herself with a tasty and varied spread of food which amply complemented the champagne, cava, sekt and prosecco used for the congratulatory toast. (We are, in drink at least, very Pan-European!)
What was forgotten, in all the emotion and noise of the party, was one important matter – our thanks to you all. Thank you for all the support you have given Sallie during her ordination; For the very generous financial gift; for the words of encouragement that helped to lift her spirits when assignments were proving hard to complete; but most of all for making the time to join with me and her family and friends at the Cathedral to celebrate the successful completion of this first element of her training for the priesthood.
I do know that her parents and brothers were surprised and touched by the love and support you have all shown to Sallie.
I apologise for not making our gratitude clear at the time but take this belated opportunity to say, quite simply – THANK YOU!
P.S. You generously contributed on the day over £260 towards the ShelterBox Charity which will provide three entire ‘Shelterkits’ for distribution in disaster areas.