Retirement - A new adventure
A new adventure for Fr Warwick Cuthbertson
On Sunday, 26 June 2016 Fr Warwick celebrated his final service at Holy Trinity Anglican Parish with a Sung Eucharist, complete with a sanctuary team, incense, choir and full church. This was a memorable occasion and a wonderful musical tribute to Fr Warwick’s six years of full-time ministry from 2010 till 2016.
Fr Warwick had selected his favourite hymns and also included Taizé chants in the service. The final sermon was based around Fr Warwick’s love of the hymnal and included amusing anecdotes from his ministry over the years since ordination.
The service was followed by a presentation made by Warden Grahame Foster. This included two paintings from the Launceston Art Society’s Annual Exhibition at the church. These paintings had been entered in the Religious Art Awards section which the church sponsors each year, so they were an appropriate memento of Fr Warwick’s ministry. Grahame also presented Fr Warwick with a monetary donation from the parish family. This was followed by a magnificent lunch and celebratory mud cakes.
Fr Warwick will be missed by us all but we have been left with a lasting legacy of all he has achieved, with the assistance of our Assistant Priest, Fr Ken Box, the Parish Council and parish family, over the years. It has certainly been a busy time with administration work, the establishment of committees, the Pastoral Partners caring program, Families@Five youth worship, Taizé services, Bible studies, conservation of the church buildings, the sale of the parish unit and purchase of a new rectory; just to mention a few. Fr Warwick has supported all parish events, concerts, exhibitions, etc. with great enthusiasm.
It was not unusual to see Fr Warwick taking part in working bees at Holy Trinity Church and St Matthias Church, and at Holy Trinity pruning the roses or fixing the watering system. In fact, he could be named the Patron Saint of the Watering System!
Fr Warwick has now embarked on a new adventure on a container ship pitching and rolling on the high seas for several months. This will well suit a retired Naval Chaplain!
For a copy of Fr Warwick’s final sermon or to see photos of his ministry, please visit our website and look up ‘Grapevine’, the quarterly magazine of Holy Trinity Anglican Parish.