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On a bright and crisp Sunday morning in early July, the congregations of St Barnabas, Charnwood, and St Michael & All Angels, Hall, farewelled our Priest-in-Charge Reverend Mark Beresford. Mark, his wife Katie de Veau, and their children, have been with the Hall/Charnwood parish for just over four years. In this time, we have come to know and love Mark and his family. Mark has a wonderful ease and compassion about him that touches all who cross his path. Always available to share a cuppa , offer a shoulder, or reignite a spark of faith, Mark has been a shining light towards God’s love and hope in our world.

Over the last four years, Mark has been dedicated to building relationships with the surrounding communities. A wonderful example of this has been the partnership he has forged with the Tongan community. The Tongan Methodist Church shares St Michael & All Angels church, and the Wesleyan Methodist Church shares St Barnabas church. A truly ecumenical community! If you happen to be walking by St Michael & All Angels in the early afternoon on a Sunday, you might be treated to their wonderful singing that stirs the soul and lifts the spirits.

The farewell service saw St Barnabas church with standing room only! The Tongan Choir blessed us with beautiful singing in their traditional style. This was a wonderful celebration of the partnership and friendship that has developed between the churches. As a farewell gift to the parish, Mark and Katie sang a duet of an Irish blessing that is very dear to their hearts. There was not a dry eye in the house!

Mark leaves us to take up the position of Creative Director at Mosaic Baptist Church, Page. This is a great opportunity for Mark’s incredible musical talents and pastoral heart to shine.

On behalf of the communities at Charnwood and Hall, we would like to sincerely thank Mark for his shepherding of our flock! We pray every blessing on Mark and his family as they embark on this exciting next chapter in their ministry.

Until a new Priest-in-Charge is appointed, our congregations will be guided by our Assistant Priest, Reverend Helen Dean. Helen is a dedicated, compassionate, wise and loving minister, ever-present to bless us with her ministry. We are so fortunate to have her, and pray God’s blessing on her as we transition to a new season.

by Angie Hazlehurst