Leaving Prayer

Roll out the Vicar…   my contribution to our leavers service in the school.

A Leaving Prayer

God we pray:

May you who leave this place:
Take with you every blessing you have received here:

Blessings of friendship
Blessings of memories
Blessings of knowledge

And may you who leave here today to begin a new journey, leave us your blessing; your uniqueness, the mark you leave on this place that is only you.

May you all be refreshed this summer, Teachers, Pupils, Support Staff, and parents,

So when term begins again,
You may all meet new challenges, new places, new people,
with a bright and cheerful heart.

So we pray that all may grow and learn to live with Love.

May God bless you all this day and through all the days to come.  Amen.

Out with the old

It is never as strange as you might seem leaving a place of work and then going back to it the very next week to continue what you were supposed to leave.

Everyone says goodbye, you get the card and (actually a very nice bottle of whisky) and off you toddle. Strange then when you return to finish what you were supposed to do that everyone keeps saying, ‘oh, I thought you’d left!’

Such is life. But leaving everything behind is not as unpleasant as it seems to start with. Bills came in today that I know I wont see paid, that at least gave me a sense of departure, but mostly it is the comforting feeling that nothing will be the same again. Comforting? Well, yes, really. The end of the end can only be described as an opportunity to begin again. New friends, new places, and no paperwork, well not much, well not the same, well more interesting paperwork anyway!