IT was the end of an era as the Rev David Sweeting took his final service at All Saints’ Church, Holbeach.
Mr Sweeting’s work over the past three and a half years has not gone unnoticed as the Lay Chair Chris Penney paid a big tribute for the work he has put in to the church, including helping to create the church’s website.
Mr Sweeting, who is taking over responsibility for the Glen parishes of Pinchbeck, Surfleet and West Pinchbeck, has also supported lay ministers in developing their roles in the parish.
Mr Sweeting is not the only member of his family who has contributed to many aspects of church life – David`s wife Cath and his young daughter, Brioney, have also played a big part.
Members of the congregation presented the family with a sat nav system and other leaving gifts to thank him for all his work.
All Saints’ now needs to find a replacement for the Rev Sweeting, but in the meantime Rural Dean the Rev Rosamund Seal, other clergy and parishioners have vowed to ensure all services and activities continue.
Gill Graper, parochial church council secretary, said: “We are determined to work as a team.
“We look forward to welcoming all members of the community to some of the exciting events that we are planning this year.”