Note from Fr. Bill White:
deeply mixed feelings, I have announced my retirement from
Parish Ministry. I am past the "normal" age for
clergy to retire, and want to spend more time with my wife and
family travelling, visiting, and doing the things that a couple
our age can most enjoy. My last Sunday will be Easter,
me, it is not in any way because of Trinity. We both love
the parish dearly. Its people have welcomed us and
supported us, encouraged us and loved us. We will miss
them sincerely and deeply.
will still be a priest, although retired, and in another parish
to allow my successor to establish firm and positive
relationships with the wonderful church that we have
loved. I encourage Trinity to welcome their new priest
when announced, with the same warmth and caring that they
welcomed us, and to support and encourage one-another as they
wish Trinity every blessing and success with their new pastoral
leadership, and will never forget all that you have meant to us
for these past years.
Trinity Lambeth extends a special welcome to those who
are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy
rich, comfortable, or dirt poor.
We extend our special welcome to wailing babies and
welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl
quietly to yourself.
You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing”
just woken up, or just got out of prison.
We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the
bishop or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years
extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown
up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.
We welcome keep-fit Mums, football Dads, starving
artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, and junk food
We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted.
We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in
the dumps, or don’t like organized religion.
(Some days we’re not all that keen on it either, and if
you watch our clergy, you’ll know that we’re not very
offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too
hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because Granny is
visiting and wanted to come to church.
welcome those who are inked, pierced, both, or neither.
We offer a special welcome to those who could use a
prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as
kids, or got lost in the city and wound up here by mistake.
We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters… and you!
plagiarized from Coventry Cathedral, England