30th September 2018 Alan Barrett's last service at St Nicholas, Dereham

30th September 2018

Members of the congregations of St. Nicholas, Dereham and Scarning Church gathered to say farewell and give thanks to Jenny and Alan Barrett at the Parish Communion. Reader/Lay Minister Alan Barrett has faithfuly served the Benefice, following his Licensing at Norwich Cathedral in 2000, and Jenny has served in a variety of roles during their time in Dereham.

This was the last chance to hear Alan preach, as the couple have moved to Cromer, but it was an opportunity to hear how they are settling in to their new home, and to celebrate the special time they have lived among us.

Church Warden, Paul Edwards, presented Alan with a decanter, engraved with a picture of St. Nicholas, copied from  artwork created by their son. Jenny was presented with a pink orchid. 

      

Alan spoke of his time in Dereham, and thanked the congregation for their gifts. He offered an invitation to visit him and Jenny in Cromer, assuring everybody that there was tea and cake available!

Our 'resident cakemaker', Beverley Burton had created a spectacular 'Cromer Crab Cake', which was shared by those present, washed down with 'Buck's Fizz' or other soft drinks. 

      

   

This was a special occasion for a very special couple, and our love, prayers and best wishes go with them for their new life by the seaside in Cromer.


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