Stephen celebrated his last service with us on Sunday 6th May after serving the parish
and people of Claines for 12 years.
Stephen, his wife Jean and their family were joined by parishioners for a farewell
evening on Saturday. They were presented with a Coffee Table and a cheque from grateful
parishioners to help furnish their (much larger!) rectory.
As part of the presentations tributes were paid to recognise Stephen and Jean’s contribution
to the music and arts of Claines. Entertainment was provided by The Muggles, The
Instrumental Group, CATS, soloists Amy Palmer, Caroline Causier, Vanessa & Helena
Gunter and George Sansome.
We wish Stephen and Jean every best wish for the future and send our very best wishes
to their new parish and parishioners.
“This is my Father’s glory, that you may bear fruit in plenty and so be my disciples.
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you”
John 15. 9-9
MOMENTS FROM STEPHEN’S MINISTRY IN CLAINES
Churchwardens Rachel Cramp and Phil Kear paid tribute to Stephen’s service to the
parish which has been a time of great ministry and great fun also. In his time Stephen
has trained two curates, established the Muggle Choir; led the parish on International
pilgrimages, supported the development of a music group; overseen numerous restoration
projects, most notably the re-wiring and lighting of the church, but most importantly
secured a lasting place in the hearts of Claines parishioners for his faithful and