At Mass on Sunday morning Fr Ian presented Hannah with this ‘word cloud’ made up of the descriptive words about Hannah which people had offered. Fr Ian read out some of the words as he thanked Hannah for the special contribution she has made to our church life over the time she has been with us – since August last year. What a year it has been – and Hannah has done such a wide variety of things, and met a huge variety of people. In particular Fr Ian highlighted Hannah’s smile, her gentleness and the great gift she has shown us in her preaching.
We will miss Hannah greatly, and assure her of our love and prayers as she returns to Duluth, Minnesota.
Hannah replied to our words of farewell by saying: ‘My heart is grateful. Thank you for your abundance of hospitality and grace this year. I have witnessed the way your stories, past, present and future are woven together as one. It has been beautiful to see the way my story has become woven in this story – the story of St Chrysostom’s Church. St Chrysostom’s will always hold a special place in my heart.