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Jan 2020 - Stephen Gamble steps down as Rector

On Sunday the 12th January a letter was read out in all 4 Churches within our Parish informing us of Stephen’s decision to resign from his post:

‘After receiving expert medical advice on his continued ill-health, the Reverend Stephen Gamble has submitted his resignation as Rector of Kirklington with Burneston and Wath and Pickhill to the Bishop of Leeds, with effect from 31st January 2020. He will be moving out of the Rectory in the next few months and taking a period of recuperation. He hopes to return to ministry somewhere in due course. Bishop Nick and Bishop Helen-Ann will be keeping Stephen and Jacqui in their prayers and wish them every blessing for the future. Sadly, as Stephen's Medics have recommend limiting his social contact to a minimum we must ask Parishioners not to visit the Rectory. He wishes it to be made known how disappointed he is not to be able to return to ministry in the parishes and to thank people for all their hard work and patience during the last months.’

He remains, along with his wife Jacqui, in all our prayers. In the meantime, the Churchwarden are organising a meeting with the Diocese in February to discuss the way forward for our Parishes.

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