Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
On Thursday, August 24, I accepted the position of executive director of the NH Council of Churches, whose dual mission is church unity and advocacy on issues of Christian concern. This announcement brings me mixed emotions. Although I am excited to serve God in this new way, I am sad to say goodbye to you in my role as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church.
Since 2007, my service to you as priest has brought me many joys. Through more than 500 Sundays together, I administered Holy Baptism to 38 people and presented 29 of you for Confirmation.
Together, we enjoyed St. Nicholas Fair, spring teas, yard sales, Monthly Suppers, Friendly Kitchen suppers, Pork Fests, youth groups, Sunday Schools, Confirmation classes and so much more. Because we led other churches in evangelism through the Koinonia and Come & See programs, we achieved parish status after 125 years of ministry. We ensured the beauty and future of our building with a stained-glass window, new roof and multiple environmental improvements.
I will remain always grateful for the Holy Spirit’s ministry through us, bringing us to serve hungry schoolchildren at the Mill Brook School with Take-a-Tote. We became known as “the church that feeds people,” as “Champions for Children,” as Christians who live the faith they believe.
Because we are part of the Body of Christ, you will have help and support in calling a new priest to minister to you. On Sunday, September 10, the Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson will join us as our preacher. Rev. Anderson will also answer questions from you after worship about the next steps. She has over twenty years of experience in ordained ministry and has helped many congregations through this transition.
My final Sunday at Grace Episcopal Church will be September 24. After this date, I will no longer function as your priest. It will not be my role to officiate at baptisms, weddings or funerals for Grace Episcopal Church. As time goes on, I may return to the parish but only at the invitation of your next priest, my successor.
In this and all things, we have confidence that God will continue to provide graces and mercies to us and, in Christ Jesus, all things shall work together for our salvation.
Yours by grace,
The Rev. Jason Wells