Sunday was a fantastic day, filled with emotion and love. We said farewell to Simon and Sue in style. There were over 100 people present with visitors from St Catherine’s. Castle Square URC and Christchurch, Llanedeyrn.
Our morning service included the attached surprise ‘tribute’ byfrom Pete Davies before he read the second lesson.
Simon emptied a bag of items, (one by one) representing the responsibilities that he was laying down but emphasing that he would still remember us. They included, the church directory, copies of the denominational declarations which were presented at his induction, the church keys, the church mobile phone, the computer external hard drive containing files of meetings, services and so much more.
The junior church members rejoined the congregation before the final hymn when a formal presentation was made by Russell, of an original watercolour, by local artist Bill Wheeler, of the Old Bridge accompanied by a cheque for £1000 and a packet of Custard Creams! – Simon’s favourites.
Claire Hughes also presented Sue with a floral arrangement.
About 70 people then shared lunch together, when Haydn Goodfellow proposed the toast, and Simon and Sue cut a cake which had been expertly made by Kath Couchman, we then shared communion together as a family when copies of the fish from the Communion table fall were distributed for us to focus on.
It was a fitting end to a superb ministry!