We’ve often said at Riverside that healthy things grow, and growing things change.
We will be experiencing change within our team over the next few months as Chris Izzard steps down from his employed role as Business Manager, and from his volunteer roles on the Senior Leadership Team and Trust Board.
Chris and Angela have done a wonderful job transitioning the pastoral leadership of the church since they handed it over to us on 19 June 2016.
Since this time, they have continued to faithfully support both the vision of the church and us personally, but they now feel it is time to stop and take a rest. We want to bless them as they recharge their batteries and pray about the next season in their lives.
From the beginning of March, we will be welcoming Lucy Burt onto the team as our new Finance Administrator. Lucy already manages our staff payroll and she will be increasing her duties as Chris transitions out of his role. Lucy will be working two days a week at Riverside on a Monday and Wednesday.
We are also delighted to be welcoming Jacob Perrins as a new Assistant Pastor. Jacob will start formally on the 8 July, but he will also be present with his girlfriend Emma at our Vision Sunday on 3 March. Please give them both a warm welcome as they look forward to becoming part of the Riverside family.
Spring is a time of new life and we have so many new green shoots of growth and Holy Spirit activity to celebrate. Just as the ground is bringing forth new life, God has called us to be bringers of life to our communities. As we grow, and as we change, let’s continue to ask God to use us to bring transformation to our coastlands.
Simon & Keely