(This is going in the new parish newsletter; thought it would make sense to put it on here too.)
Many of you will be aware that it has been something of an eventful year for me. It may help if I simply list a few key developments:
– I was away on sick leave for three months this summer, the result of exhaustion brought on by sustained stress. I am hoping that whilst the fundamental structural problems relating to my workload (the responsibility of the Diocese) have not been addressed, I am now in a better position to cope with the consequences of that inaction;
– sadly, Rolanda and I have now divorced. We are on good terms, and the children are sharing their time between the Rectory and Rolanda’s new home in The Lane;
– I have stepped down from all of my non-parish responsibilities in the hope that I can sustain my changed family commitments. This means that I am no longer the Area Warden of Ordinands; the Area Healing and Deliverance Advisor; nor a member of the Deanery Pastoral and Standing committee. In addition my day off has reverted back to Friday, and I shall only be working alternate Saturdays;
– I have agreed with Bishop Stephen that I shall be staying in my present post for the foreseeable future.
I am very grateful for all of the love and support that I have received these last few months. I am particularly grateful to the ministry team for stepping in to the gaps thrown up by my absence. As I’m sure you will appreciate, mine and my family’s lives have been through a great upheaval, but things do now look to be settling down and I believe that we can look forward to a more stable future.
With my thanks for our partnership in the gospel…
Look out for a private email from me Sam.
Thinking of you.
Although I have never met you, I visit here frequently; I am so sad to hear about this and hope you find healing places over the next few weeks/months. Blessings
Thinking of you, Sam, with love and prayers
I’m thinking of you, too; what a tremendously difficult year. You’ll be in my prayers, Rev. Sam. Blessings –
I had no idea you and your family were going through this. Very sorry to hear it. Prayers for you all, and for those supporting you.
You will have my prayers. If you see George Herbert on the road, give him a big hug.
I have started an Episcopalian Bloggers linkup at my blog, TheJonesesBlog.com, and wondered if you were interested in joining. The Episcopalian Bloggers linkup’s purpose is to promote the diversity of Episcopalians by advertising your church membership through a blog badge and blogroll. Having a collection of blogging Episcopalians in one place would be amazing for anyone interested in knowing exactly who Episcopalians are. (Which is to say, they are a diverse group of people.)
To join the linkup, simple visit the Episcopalian Bloggers page on my blog at http://www.thejonesesblog.com/2013/09/episcopalian-bloggers.html, retrieve the badge code, and add your blog’s information to the linkup. If you have any questions or concern, please contact me. I would love to have you join us!
I hope things soon come right for you.
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