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A farewell message from the former Team Vicar, Revd. Dan Pierce

Dear Friends  

This year St John’s will celebrate 50 years since it was established; a history I am so pleased to have shared with you for a short while. We look forward to coming back for the 50th birthday service with Bishop Stephen on June 14th. For now though we must say farewell as we move to north Chelmsford.  

When announcing our departure John (Church Warden) spoke of how the people of Great Burstead, recognizing the substantial housing development in Outwood Common, had the foresight to plant a new church community here. He went on to draw the connection with what Ruth, the boys and I now leave St John’s to do in north Chelmsford. It was a surprise to us to move on so soon but we feel assured of God’s leading and we have been so blessed by the grace and understanding with which this news has been received within the Billericay team and especially at St John’s. It is so good to feel sent by you to this new work.
Thank you so much for loving us. If I have one hope from our short time together, if nothing else, I hope you know that we have loved you too and will continue to hold you in prayer. You are a faithful people, a compassionate and generous people. Keep on showing the hospitality and welcome for which you are known in Billericay and continue to give God all the glory in your life together wherever he may take you next. 
I leave you with these remarkable words introduced to me by our friend Betty Weavers, a prayer for each of us to carry into the future. 

O love by whom all things are made, grant that we may be so conscious of the love from which we came, that we may ever be mindful of the love to which we go, and in the love abounding may ever abide. Through Jesus Christ our Lord 

Our times are in Thy hands O Lord and we know not what any day may bring forth, so take us and all who are dear to us to thy Holy and tender keeping and help us make better use of the days that lie ahead

And the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be upon you and remain with you and those you love, today and all of your days. Amen! 

Rev'd Dan