Farewell Letter from Carol Cotton (Church & Community Pastoral Worker)

Hi Everyone,
Well here we go, my last newsletter to you!
It all feels a little surreal at the moment, that is until I look at all the packing
boxes everywhere!
We move on Thursday 30th July and we would certainly value your
prayers as we start again in a new setting in a time when it will be a challenge to get to know people quickly. We will leave our new address with Amanda; our mobile phone numbers will be the same, do call and see us if you are in the area.
Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 Verses 1 – 10 reads:
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace
“.

Now it is our time to move on and Alan and Carol’s time to move in. I must say I like the bit where it says a time to keep (which is Rob) and a time to throw away (which is me)!
I want to say a massive thank you to so many of you who have worked with me, supported me, cared for me and helped in any way both in my work at KMC but also in friendship, it has all meant so much to me.

In the Churches we have been involved with in the past, people assumed, when we left, we forgot about them. Let me assure you, we never forget and we will always want to hear what is happening at KMC and in the Church
family. It is hard for us to feel ‘dropped’ as soon as we move away, so although you need to now give Alan and Carol all of your support, we would love it if you stay in touch periodically.

The Pastoral Work, during this lockdown period, will carry on with the telephone buddies and shoppers. I will ask someone else to oversee this and, as soon as that person has been determined, I will let the telephone
buddies know. The WhatsApp group will also be
administered by someone else.

The other things that I oversee happen in Church and I don’t anticipate any of these things beginning again for some time, yet. Alan will begin work at the beginning of September, I am due to have a conversation with him in the next couple of weeks and I am sure he will be looking to appoint
someone to the role as soon as he has had the time to get his head around things.
As you receive the magazine, you will also be receiving a last series of Daily readings from me with the title ‘Journeying’. I hope you find them helpful as we all move forward to new beginnings.
We will be in Wakefield for 5 years, before Rob retires. It will be nearer to our growing family, who all live in Sheffield, so that will be good. I will enjoy a month or two settling in to our new home and area, but then hope
to work part – time, whether that is for a local Church or Charity we shall see.
I know that you will all give Alan and Carol the warmest of welcomes. It is tricky during this time, but don’t hold back assuming that lots of people will be in contact. Send them a card and gift, they will remember their
welcome and it means a lot. It can be hard when you are new, coming into a place where people have long histories and established friendship groups, to actually feel included. One member of KMC, a couple of years ago, sent us an invitation to an evening at their home between Christmas and New Year. In the e-mail they said, ‘we are sure you are always inundated with
invitations, so please don’t feel you have to come, but we would love to see you’. This was the only invitation we had, we were thrilled to go. So, please don’t assume Alan and Carol will be too busy to accept your invitation;
yours may be the only one they get.

We will not be having a normal farewell social event, but on the last Sunday 26th July, after our farewell service in the morning, we are hoping, during the afternoon to do a “drive-past” along as many roads where you live as possible, just to see you and give you a wave. We will try to let you know approximate times and roads beforehand and we hope you will come out together (socially distant of course!), and give us a wave.

Thank you, everyone. The last 8 years living in such a beautiful area and working with you for God’s Kingdom has been a blessing and we continue to pray that individually you will know God’s love and presence and that you will grow in your love and knowledge of Him.
Corporately, as a Church, we pray that you will throw yourselves into the Ministry that God calls you to do under the leadership of Alan and that God will truly bless KMC. Our purpose is to worship God and spread His
saving grace and love to all we meet, being ‘in the world’ but ‘not of it’ is a constant challenge for all of us. Let’s keep our eyes firmly fixed on Him.

My last verse for you is Philippians 1 v 3 – 6:
‘Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my
partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.’


Love Carol

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