The teacher asked Millie, “Give me a sentence starting with the letter I”
Millie replied “I is………”
“No, Millie, you always say I am”
“OK Miss” came the reply, “I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.”
A letter from Rev Robert Saunders following his recent statement:
I was most moved by the concern and love from you that followed my announcement of my retirement in August, which is the end of the Methodist Church Year.
This will be my second retirement, though in Methodism we talk not of a minister’s retirement but of the minister “sitting down”. (Something I have been doing a lot of just lately!) Our years in service are counted as year’s “travelled”.
I first “sat down” some six years ago, but was put back on my feet four years ago when I took the part-time appointment in the circuit. That in itself was a complicated process. Ministers are not employed by the Methodist Church in any way or at any level. Neither does the church keep any records of our appointments and so I had to submit my CV of everything I had done since leaving Theological College in 1969. My appointment was then approved, after a number of committees, by the Conference. Now as I “sit down” a similar process in reverse takes place.
Marion and I will not be leaving Dobwalls. Our house belongs to the Methodist Minister’s Housing Association and is not owned by the local circuit. So we will still be around and after a break I will, I hope, be able to return to preaching. The Methodist Constitution expects all ministers (God willing) to exercise their ministry until the end of the lives!!!
We have, of course, enjoyed being part of Connon. We began, when I first arrived as members of the congregation and then for the last four years I have been blessed to share in the ministry of all the members and friends of the Chapel.
With my prayers for you all.
Turn off the A38 at the Dobwalls roundabout on to the A390, heading towards St Austell. Travel for about 2.5 miles. As you enter East Taphouse village take the first left, signposted for St Pinnock. There is a war memorial on your left as you turn. Follow this road for one mile. Keep straight on ignoring all other turns, either right or left, until you see Connon Chapel on your right. It has a big yellow sign. Distance from the A390 junction 1 mile. There's ample space to park.
On the A390 take the last right turn as you leave East Taphouse village with the War Memorial on the corner. Follow this road for one mile. Keep straight on ignoring all other turns, either right or left, until you see Connon Chapel on your right. It has a big yellow sign. Distance from the A390 junction 1 mile. There's ample space to park.