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Farewell to Josh

Farewell to Josh

Many of you will know our senior Verger Josh Delia. After two and half years with us, Josh has left to be ordained for the priesthood. In September he, his wife Emily and their new baby Eva-Maria will take up a place at St Stephen's House, Oxford and his last Sunday on duty was on 6th August when the whole family  came along to say goodbye.

Here, Josh reflects on his time with us at St Bride's and what he has learned.

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When I came to St Bride's in April 2015 I must admit I didn't know what to expect. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the banks, offices and tourists that make up Fleet Street, St Bride's stands as an outpost of peace, calm and space to think about what it all means and who we really are and it's the answer to this last question that will really stick with me when I think back on my time as verger and facilities manager.

Whether it was handing out coffees to one of our homeless friends at the office door or guiding celebrities and household names to their seats - it soon dawned on me that underneath all of the external trappings people are essentially the same in that they reflect something of the God that created and cares for them, sharing the same hopes and fears albeit expressed under different guises.

'No man is an island' and working with all of the wonderful staff, volunteers and the various congregations at St Bride's was the perfect place to work out and explore my own vocation to the priesthood in the Church of England - opening up early in the mornings, looking out across the city from the top of the tower, putting out the candles for a Space for Silence, moving the piano back and forth for recitals and memorials, guiding newlyweds into the courtyard to be showered with confetti and getting to know the postmen and various contractors attached to the building - learning to see and appreciate God's presence in all these moments that made up my days, weeks and months as verger gave me the chance to work out some of who I really am.

And so on to new horizons both for me and for St Bride's, but my time with you all as verger is one that I will always remember fondly and thankfully for the way it has set me up for the next steps towards ordination and all that it entails. I will miss you all very much and remember you in my prayers, but don't worry, I'll still show up from time to time to say hello and to hear the odd carol service!

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