We said Goodbye to Anne, yesterday, at Church. Anne has been with us as a parish assistant since August last year, and now she returns to her home in Bremen to begin preparations for going to university in October.
Before she left Anne reflected on her time with us here at St Chrysostom’s. She commented that she found the church to be a very special place for her – open minded, and accepting of everyone. It is a place, she said, enthusiastically, where she has found fun, friendship and where she has enjoyed helping with the music.
Beyond church Anne has enjoyed helping at St John’s School a day each week and in particular recently she has been pleased to lead a small German class for children there. Anne also enjoyed regular times of helping out at Cornerstone, working with other volunteers to help welcome and feed the homeless and those in need.
We often ask Parish Assistants if there is anything they will not miss when they leave. Anne responded quickly – ‘The Rubbish in the streets.’ Indeed! We’ll not forget how Anne, concerned about this organised times of litter picking in the area local to our church.
We asked Anne if she had a particular happy memory. She replied ‘The Carol Service, when church was so full with a huge variety of people.’ In it she especially remembered the beautiful moment of Silent Night being sung in different languages.
Anne felt she has learned a lot about herself in her time with us and has made many friends. We have appreciated her work among us, especially with music and helping form our young adults group. We have appreciated greatly her sense of fun and joy, and all she has given to our Christian community. God bless her as she takes her next steps in life.