Minister Says Goodbye
Hethersett Methodist Minister the Rev Derek Grimshaw
said farewell to friends and colleagues at a special circuit service in
Rev Grimshaw, who is leaving Norfolk to become
Superintendent Minister of the Ipswich Circuit in Suffolk, reminisced
about his eight years in Norfolk and in particular his work with the five
churches ha has had oversight of – Hethersett, Brooke, Framingham Earl,
Long Stratton and Forncett.
A special service was attended by members of
Hethersett and District Churches Together as well as the Norwich Methodist
Circuit and was led by Norwich Superintendent Minister the Rev John Fenn
who referred to Rev Grimshaw as “One of the most careful and caring
people I have ever met.”
The service also saw the accreditation and
confirmation of Hethersett Methodist Church treasurer Michael Green as a
lay preacher. He was presented with a letter of support from President of
the Methodist Conference the Rev Ruth Gee and offered the hand of
fellowship from his fellow preachers.
Rev Grimshaw was presented with a number of gifts
from various sections of the church including a collage of frogs produced
by the Hethersett Frogs youth section. His wife Karen was presented with a
bouquet and daughter Emma was presented with framed photographs in
recognition of her work with the children of the churches.
“I am staggered by the number of people that have
turned up. I have spent eight years trying to work out how to fill a
church and obviously the answer is to leave,” Rev Grimshaw joked as he
surveyed a packed building.
He added that he was particularly proud of the work
undertaken over his eight years with young people and he expressed sadness
at having to say goodbye to the five churches following a period in his
life that had seen his own family grow with the marriage of his daughter
Amy and the birth this year of his first grandson Alexander.
Rev Grimshaw will officially say his goodbyes to
Hethersett at his final service on Sunday, which will appropriately also
include the christening of Alexander. He will move to his new post in
Suffolk in August after a family holiday.
At the end of the service refreshments were provided by members of Derek’s five churches and friends of Michael.