Letter from Rev. Lindsay Marie Hills
After 25 Years of Ministry, John Taylor to Retire
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.
The familiar passage from Ecclesiastes forgets what I think is one of the most important dualisms in life.....a time to work and a time to rest (or play)!
After 25 years of ministry as the vocational Verger here at St. Mary's, John Taylor, has announced his intention to retire. I know I do not need to tell you what a hard worker John is, because you all have witnessed his integrity, strong work ethic and loyalty to this faith community. Over the past quarter of a century, his faithfulness to this community has been foundational for St. Mary’s and the wider community. The following contains some details regarding transition, if you are interested in helping in anyway please speak to myself or a Warden.
October 10th - John’s last day of work as the full time Verger at St. Mary’s.
October 27th - There will be services at 8am and 10am with a special liturgical sending and blessing at the 10am service, followed by an all parish lunch, celebrating John and his ministry as well as marking the ‘ingathering’ and offering of our Stewardship Pledges for 2020.
John has been a long time advocate and supporter of our Tuesday Community Meal and has agreed to continue to support the Community Meal, as Volunteer Coordinator through the end of December, while we explore different options for this particular aspect of the transition.
The next month, will provide a time to weep and a time to laugh, but also a time to honour John for his ministry with and among us. As a congregation we will continue to look forward to where Christ is calling us in this next season of our common life, just as John is looking forward to heading God’s call in this next season marked hopefully by rest and play.
Lindsay Marie Hills
Gift for John
If you feel called to contribute to a purse (financial gift)
as part of John’s retirement gift from the parish you can make donations by:
- cash, envelope marked "John's Purse"
- cheque, payable to “St. Mary’s Kerrisdale” with “John’s Purse” in the memo or clearly marked envelope,
- online, at https://stmaryskerrisdale.breezechms.com/give/online - select "General Bursary" from the drop down menu and then in the "comments" section write a note indicating that its for "John's Purse"
All donations must be received no later than October 18th
Letter from John Taylor
Sunday, September 1st, 2019
I wish to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to you, the parishioners of St Mary’s, for your support and encouragement over the last 25 years in the role of your Parish Verger.
It has truly been a blessing to me, to have worked with you during the many good times and some challenging times.
While at St. Mary’s, I have worked alongside over 25 priests; Rectors, Associates, Assistants, Curates, Deacons and seminarians. All have brought me to a better understanding and appreciation of our diverse Anglican faith. And I must add, working with our new Rector, Lindsay over the last year has been one of my most enjoyable interactions with St. Mary’s clergy.
I have marveled at seeing so many families grow in their faith and commitment to St. Mary’s; having experienced the wonder of many of your family members growing and maturing into confident young adults and I have appreciated very much, the privilege of participating in your family weddings, and the “end of life” funeral and memorials that have so gracefully acknowledged long time parishioners and others.
I have enjoyed the comradery and steadfast dedication of my fellow vergers, both in this parish, in this diocese and in the Vergers’ Guild of the Episcopal Church.
I have been considering retirement for some time now and feel this is the right time. I was called by God in 1994 to set sail on this journey with you. I remember at my initial interview, being asked by Mary Reitsma and Bob Otway Ruthven, how long I would commit to the Verger position. My answer at the time was 3-5 years. I can say, without a doubt, it has been an enjoyable extra 20 years. I now look forward to some time to discern God’s next quest for me. Please hold me in your prayers as the next chapter of my life unfolds. I know it will include some travel to Hawaii see my daughter, Kristy and some time to explore other personal interests.
I have been working with Lindsay and Corporation over the last several months to facilitate a smooth transition and I am sure your experience with this change of guard will be positive. Please keep them in your prayers as they make appropriate decisions for the Parish moving forward in a positive way.
Thank you again for the wonderful opportunity to have served you for 25 years and may God continue to bless you and St Mary’s Kerrisdale Church.