Robsons moving to a new post
Last Sunday I was preaching on Exodus 5 - Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh - and how they followed God’s call, even when it’s hard.
Over the summer, Emily and I have been praying into what we believe is God’s call to us on where to serve next. After 6 incredible and happy years here, we believe that the Lord is now calling me to a new ministry as vicar of St John’s Church, Southbourne. This came as a surprise to us, as we hadn’t been looking to move and we could easily have stayed here amongst friends for many more years. But we want to be faithful to where God is calling us, even though it will be so hard to say goodbye to you all. We’re not going immediately, we’ll be here for Christmas and then a little time into the new year.
You may have some questions about this and what it will mean, I will try and answer some below but if you’d like to ask me more about it please do get in touch.
During the vacancy, the Archdeacon and the Rural Dean will work with the wardens and the PCC to support the church and begin the prayerful process of finding the right person to join in with God’s mission here. The most important thing to do, as always, is to pray. Please pray for Ann and Clare, for Mark and Laura, and the PCC as well as those who’ll be supporting in lots of different ways. Please pray that the right person would be identified and clearly hear the Lord’s call to Wick, as we did 7 years ago.
Thank you to all you volunteers (including those recently putting their names forward) for helping with all that goes on in and amongst our church family. I know how much that will continue to be appreciated into the future.
We came here because we believed God had called us and that Jesus was at work in Wick. We’ve seen that without a shadow of doubt and give glory to God for all that he’s done here before and during our time in Wick. We have just as much confidence that he has even greater things in store and that all of you have also been called here. We will look forward to continuing to hear about how the Lord is equipping and empowering you to help people know, love and follow Jesus.
Coming here was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Leaving will be one of the hardest. But we believe it is the right one as we follow God’s call.
Thank you all so much for everything. We will look forward to chatting, praying, laughing and serving together for the remainder of our time in Wick.
With our love,
Tom, Emily, Martha, Mollie and Miriam