We reprint Colin's 'Message' from the latest (July) edition of St. Catherine's Newsletter (see Church Matters above) in which he announces that he will be retiring at the end of the year.
A MESSAGE FROM COLIN
It is with great regret that I announce that I shall retire from the post of Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Cocking with West Lavington and Bepton before the end of this year.
I have been here nearly fourteen years. Of course, I am not going just yet, and there will be plenty of time for me to try to express my thanks to all who have contributed to the life of the church here, but I do want to emphasize what has been my guiding principle.
For me, what matters above all is what we receive through Holy Baptism and Confirmation, that is, life together in Christ. A collection of imperfect human beings come together in a local church and, because we are given the Holy Spirit, we may be transformed into an icon of Christ, to represent Christ in the communities around us.
For me it is all summed up in the Eucharist. In the Eucharist, we are the Body of Christ receiving the Body of Christ to become the Body of Christ. It is a constant process of spiritual change and development. In accordance with that principle, I have sought to teach and inspire others to take seriously their spiritual development and to do so within the life of the church, the local church. I hope that in the course of that work, the local church has been inspired to be an active and supportive part of the life of the villages in the Benefice.