Sorry, Rodney, but the secret is out! Singing ‘Happy Birthday to you’ on Sunday, plus the cake with “65” on it rather gave the game away.
But we still think you’re young (well, youngish!), forward looking, encouraging, compassionate, a great preacher… and all the other things we love about you. Getting a pension won’t change you – we hope!
HOT NEWS: 19th April
We are both delighted and excited to announce that Vicky and Barry Thompson, currently pastors of the Farnhams and Hedgerley Community Church, in Buckinghamshire, have accepted a call from us to become our Pastors. They will take over from Rodney Breckon during the summer school holiday period. Rodney and Karen will be remaining as active members of our fellowship, which only adds to our delight.
From our Pastor, Rev Rodney Breckon
After some 44 years in church ministry, it is my intention to retire in the summer. This will clearly be a major change for Karen and myself but we look forward to what will, hopefully, be a change of pace! We thank God for his faithfulness over those years and for graciously enabling us to fulfil his calling. It’s also been a privilege to have been part of two wonderful church families from which deep and lasting friendships have been formed. We are especially grateful now, for the offer of continuing to be a part of the church family at Darlington. But that’s only half of the story….
We are also excited to be welcoming some dear friends into the ongoing ministry of Darlington Baptist Church – the Reverends Barry and Vicky Thompson – together with their sons, Josiah & Simeon. We know they will bring fresh life, leadership and energy to the church’s witness and work. It will be a joy to be pastored by them!
“To God be the glory, great things he has done” to which I would add “…and will continue to do in the future”!”
From Vicky and Barry’s announcement on their present church’s website
“We informed our Church this evening (Tues 17th April) that, in the summer of 2018, we will be leaving the Farnhams and Hedgerley Community Church and becoming the ministers at Darlington Baptist Church in the North East of England.
We are excited about what God has for us in Darlington. The Church that we will serve is amazing and has lots of room to grow and we will have the advantage of being close to both of our families which Simeon in particular has never had before.
Yet we acknowledge that when we leave this community that we have immersed ourselves in, we will leave a part of ourselves here in Farnham Common.”