The Rev’d Alastair Cutting, Rector of Shermanbury in the Henfield Benefice since 2010, also took his last service in Shermanbury on Passion Sunday 17 March 2013: Holy Communion according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

The service started by remembering some of the words from the first chapter of Genesis, culminating with God’s command in creation “Let there be light!”, at which Alastair formally switched on the new lighting array at St. Giles’.

Shermanbury Farewell

Shermanbury Farewell

After the service, churchwarden Richard Putnam gave Alastair an engraved silver wine stand, with an appropriate bottle to go with it.

Alastair & Kay’s final farewell in the Benefice will be at St. Peter’s, Henfield, on Easter Sunday evening, at the ecumenical Easter Praise service, 6:30pm, on the 31 March 2013.

Alastair is to be the next Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich. His installation will be at Southwark Cathedral on Sunday 14 April at 3pm. All are welcome.