We now well into 2022 and have passed 'Blue Monday', officially the most depressing day of the year. But alongside the cold and gloom we have had some glorious, bright frosty January mornings, and the observant will have noted that new shoots are pushing up through the ground, and there is optimism that the pandemic could be beginning to recede. Life is always characterised by a mix of darkness and light, success and failure, sadness and joy.

It is with very mixed feelings that I recently shared the news of the decision Dawn and I have made that now, after 10 years, is the time for me to leave my role as Rector, and to make preparations for handing on the leadership of our churches as I move back towards full-time medical work. I will be very sad to leave, but there is much to look forward to and be optimistic about.  Our churches are full of gifted, committed people, we are surrounded by opportunities to engage with our communities, and we have the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead living in and amongst us. We are God's Church, and God will cause his precious Church to grow and flourish in 2022 and beyond.

What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe – as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labour. For we are fellow workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building."

1 Corinthians 3:5-9


Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton
19th January 2022