( photos: MR = Marion Roberts, Others = John Saville)
Peter wrote to his friends at St
Martin's, Exning and St Philips & St Etheldreda, Newmarket:
"Thank you all for making Saturday and
Sunday (June 26/7, 2010) such a special time for me and all my family,
for your cards, gifts and affirming words, but most of all for your prayers for
Lesley and myself.
This is just a sign post on our journey
together in God's work in our parish. You have shared the journey with me and
given me so much support and encouragement without which I would not have
accomplished this work for Jesus. I am minded of St Paul's words that we are
"fellow workers in Christ." The journey together continues, and I look forward
in anticipation as to how God will guide and use all of us in the weeks and
months ahead to carry out his will for St Martin's benefice. I have all of you
to thank and two I will mention.
To Jenny Oakman for acting on your
behalf as my "Sponsor" at the Cathedral, which took great courage, and through
the time of study, showing great concern for my well being.
And to Lesley. This journey together
has meant a great change in our family life, a change neither of us could have
anticipated. As I said at St P&E on Sunday, 36 years ago she married an
accountant and last Saturday night she went to bed with a priest.
I give thanks to God for all he has
accomplished this far in our lives, and for all of you. Help me to keep my head
out of the clouds and my feet firmly on the ground so we can continue the
journey together in the loving arms of our Saviour Jesus.
“Deacon in waiting (MR)
“Now Pastor Pete” (MR)
Bishop of St Edmundsbury (MR)
Peter with his wife Lesley (2nd
right) daughters and son-in-law and mentor Revd Tony Marsh and his wife Moreen
Tony was Vicar of All Saints Beyton
and St Ethelberts Hessett 1980 to 1986(MR)
Cedric (former vicar of Exning) with
the current clergy team Peter, Joyce and Colin (MR)
Below are pictures of Peter with
with Jenny Oakman who acted
as Peter's Sponsor on
behalf of the church
...and others who attended this great
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