|Published by Pip Garside on Fri, 27 Dec 2019 15:05|
Stuart Newsome, long time leading light at St John Parish Church and more recently Lay Worship Leader for both parishes, was given an emotional farewell at the end of the Celebration of Nine Lessons and Carols at St John Parish Church on the Sunday before Christmas.
The four Churchwardens, Sue Hargreaves and Sue Short from Bishop Monkton and Lesley Slater and John Dawson from Burton Leonard, made presentations to Stuart and his wife Jane and were full of praise for what he had done during his time with us.
Stuart responded by thanking everyone for the gifts and saying it had been a pleasure and a delight to have worked in the parishes.
During the service Francesca Russell said prayers and lit the Advenrt candles and lessons were read by John Eden, Mary Hanson, Pam Brown, Rodney Wilson, Judy Hague, Elena Russell, Cheryl Salmon, David Arundell and Stuart Newsome.
The Church was crowded for the service with the 30-strong joint choir providing magnificent renditions of familiar carols. The organist was Phil Wilby and the choir was conducted by his daughter, Ann Wilby.
The service was repeated at Burton Leonard on the Monday before Christmas.
First published on http://www.bishopmonktontoday.btck.co.uk