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Ron pictured at the Christmas Eve service 2012
We say farewell to Reverend Ron Partridge, the Parish Priest of Iwade who retired on 31st December 2012 in accordance with the Canterbury Diocese policy that clergy officially retire at 70. Thank you to Bishop Trevor Wilmot for allowing Ron to carry on until Christmas following his 70th birthday.

Ron is an ordained minister, a husband to Jenny, a father, a grandfather (and a great grandfather last September!), a resident of Lower Halstow and a member of the Medway Maritime Hospital Chaplaincy team.

Ron has served across The Six churches for many years and was made focal minister for Iwade when David Webb retired in 2010, following a stint in the USA caring for his family. Colleague Stephen Plumb perceives Ron's passion for Iwade is to see the village grow in unity with the church playing a key role.

For the statistic hungry amongst you Ron has conducted about 3-4 weddings, 6-8 funerals and 30 baptisms a year at All Saint's Church Iwade.

Ron was given 'Permission to Officiate' by Bishop Trevor, so he could finish off the year, but he will now enjoy a six month break. Towards the end of that time, Ron will be discussing his future role in Iwade with Revd Canon Alan Amos, who is Priest-in-Charge of The Six.

There will now be no ordained minister at Iwade, but Canon Alan will look after services that require an ordained person, for example Holy Communion and weddings. These may be serviced by clergy from The Six or beyond.

Meanwhile we look forward to our new weekly worship service with Stephen Plumb and co at All Saint's at 10.45am starting 6th January 2013. You can expect contemporary worship, an informal style of teaching welcoming all ages. There will also be a traditional service of Holy Communion at 8.00 am, on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays each month.

Jesus said "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." John 10:10

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