Licensing and farewell for Ed Masters
1 December 2013
Ed Masters graduated in Dunedin on Wednesday 27th November 2013 and, a few days later, he was licensed at St Ronan’s on Sunday 1st December in a service conducted by Rev Michelle Shin. Also at Ed’s licensing service along with members of St Ronan’s church family, were representatives from Wellington Presbytery including the Moderator, Rev Parma Leasi, and the Moderator of General Assembly, The Right Rev Ray Coster. The minister of Knox Presbyterian Church, Lower Hutt, one of Ed’s supervisors, Rev Wayne Matheson preached.
The very uplifting and positive service was followed by a lovely afternoon tea, speeches and a presentation of gifts from St Ronan’s people, including the Power Hour children.
For Jo there was a (very easy care!) peace plant and for Adam a children’s book recommended by Joanna Ponder. The children gave Adam a beautifully illustrated and worded book about the Christmas nativity – a book to grow into but still easily told by talking it through with the pictures while he is young.
A wall in the Masters’ new home in Rotorua will be graced by an elegantly framed medley of Phil Benge’s most impressive photos of Eastbourne. This will be a reminder to them of their time in Eastbourne which they so enjoyed with its community, bush and sea.
Also contributed (for Ed’s new office?) was a framed copy of the Eastbourne Prayer which was written by Marjory Bourke for the bi-millennium celebrations with the support of a working group drawn from Eastbourne’s three congregations – San Antonio’s, St Alban’s and St Ronan’s.