Note to self: Bring tissues to Church on Sunday

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Well it’s finally here. Elizabeth’s last Sunday. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye for lots of us - and indeed for her, but who can help being excited to see what the future holds? I hate endings and goodbyes but I LOVE hellos, new beginnings and fresh starts. Change is rejuvenating and it’s good to know that as watch Elizabeth sail off into the distance with sighs of “there she goes..” there are people on the Island joyfully greeting her with cries of “here she comes!” They are going to LOVE her! It kind of feels like watching your kid open a Christmas present that you know they’re going to adore - a kind of suppressed glee.

Don’t forget tomorrow (Saturday) we meet with some small people for Messy Church at 4 pm. Crafts, stories, music and fun and all with the happy knowledge that you don’t have to clean up afterwards or cook dinner. YAY!

On Sunday we meet for worship at 8:30 am and 10:00 am and celebrate the Eucharist with Elizabeth. Again - don’t forget your tissues. It’s going to be a wetty!

Our monthly free Community Meal is on Tuesday 25 September at 6:00 pm. Bring a friend and enjoy some warm fellowship and a chance to meet some new friends.

On Wednesday at 10:00 am our weekly Eucharist and OASIS Bible Study takes place as usual with Centering Prayer at 5:30 pm.

Aaah, look at this mother as she gently encourages her offspring to start the next phase of his life.

Aaah, look at this mother as she gently encourages her offspring to start the next phase of his life.

So I guess life goes on I guess. One last thing - have you heard of a “nonononoyes moment”? These are the moments in life when you watch someone heading for certain disaster but then, miraculously, things turn around and all is well. You have probably experienced them when teaching your kids to ride a bike without training wheels or watching someone run downhill with seemingly impossibly long strides. Unable to look away the knot in your stomach tightens as you wait, breathless, for what seems to be the inevitably painful outcome and then that amazing feeling of lightness and relief as you gasp a fresh breath - the pressure on your lungs magically removed. Saying goodbye to Elizabeth is one of these moments I’m sure but I’m sure it’s time for us to fly solo for the time being.

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