74 people were in church on Sept 26, including Rev'd Lorne Manweiler and his mum who was helping him move to his new Vancouver home. As we bade Philippa farewell, People's Warden Suzi Noetzel spoke for all of us:
"This Sunday is a bittersweet one for us. As we look forward to welcoming Lorne as our new Rector, it means that we must say good-bye to Philippa.
Philippa, you have done an extraordinary job shepherding us over the past months. Your guidance as we hired a new staff member, searched for and hired a Rector, reopened the church under new confusing Covid protocols, ran successful fund-raising events, and prepared for the Bishop’s visit has been invaluable.
You have left your mark on all of us, and you have left us in a space where we are ready and able to embrace the leadership of our new Rector. We are grateful for your support and your guidance. Thank you."
After a long, loud ovation, Philippa replied:
"It's been nearly 6 months. Some of the Wardens might feel it's been longer... Time has passed quickly and so much has been achieved, not just by me but by all of you. It's lovely to see so many of you back in the building, and still with an online congregation.
I move on to pastures new, leaving you in safe and capable hands, not just with Lorne but with the Wardens, and a great team, and great support for one another. And I think it's a testament to you as a congregation that so many of you are back in church.
Thank you for all that you have done to make me welcome and for making me feel supported. It's been a great six months with you. Thank you for letting me into your lives, and possibly irritate you, but I will pray for you, support and uphold you. So thank you all. We will not be strangers."
Philippa, God Bless.
Photos include Rev'd Philippa Segrave-Pride, Bishop's Warden Brian Mix, People's Warden Suzi Noetzel, and Associate Wardens Catriona Wilson and Debbie Matheson. Philippa is sporting her new colourful wrap, one of her farewell gifts.