A FAREWELL party was held for David and Sonia Jackson after their final service at Stoke Row Independent Chapel
A FAREWELL party was held for David and Sonia Jackson after their final service at Stoke Row Independent Chapel.
The couple are retiring and moving to Birmingham after six years in the village.
The chapel was packed for the service on Sunday and members of the congregation were invited to the village hall for the celebration.
Mr Jackson, 75, and his 66-year-old wife met while training and were married 45 years ago.
They served as missionaries in Brazil and Sri Lanka before moving to Stoke Row.
They have family in Birmingham, where Mrs Jackson attended missionary college.
She said: “We’ve both had very varied lives and have served God in churches around the world.
“We half-retired here and it has been an amazing six years for us. These wonderful people have received us and loved us and we’ve been able to work in this chapel. One thing we love doing is serving the community and the chapel has helped bring this to the community.
“We will miss it — it’s a beautiful place to live and we will miss the friendships we built up.”
As well as the chapel, the couple were involved with social groups, including the village art club, and Mrs Jackson was also a governor of Stoke Row Primary School.
At the party, the couple were presented with cards and gifts, including a framed picture of the chapel.
Mrs Jackson said: “We had a good final service where we were able to thank God for his goodness to us and afterwards we had a good chat to everyone. We will come back to visit.”
The new minister, Rev Mark Taylor, will be introduced at the chapel from 3.30pm on Saturday, March 19, followed by refreshments at the village hall.