Our Bishop and friend

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

I WRITE on behalf of the parishioners of the Anglican Parish of Avon to express our deep sadness at the death of our Bishop and friend John McIntyre.

This coming weekend is a time when Bishop John and Jan would have visited us to celebrate our Patronal Festival at Holy Trinity Stratford.

We remember wonderful times together like last year’s Patronal Festival, the Cup Luncheon in November and the visit last year to All Saints day at All Saints Church Briagolong.

The weather was so bad he had to stop speaking and playing his guitar for the children, saying he thought God was telling him to shut up!!

We are planning to create a place of memory in our side Chapel at Holy Trinity with an embroidered wild goose, an alternate symbol to the dove.

This was Bishop John’s preferred symbol for the Holy Spirit and has become the symbol for our parish.

Like Bishop John, we embrace the Celtic notion of the Holy Spirit as a goose…honking rather than cooing, nipping rather than nudging, loud and obvious rather than a gentle whisper.

We shall miss very much his gentle and humble presence; his great skills as a writer and preacher and his always present urge for us to include the outsider, whatever the situation.

We will join with many from across our Diocese and beyond on this Friday, June 20 at 1pm at St Paul’s Cathedral, Sale as we celebrate Bishop John’s life together.

We reach out to his wife Jan, children Jessica, Paul, Lisa; his mum and dad and extended family with our love, support and prayers.