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On the 1st July 2012 the Parish of Rhosllanerchrugog was joined by members of the Dee Valley Deanery for a Special Evensong to celebrate and give thanks for the ministry of Mr Gordon Thomas who had been a Lay Reader for 30 years. 

Accompanied by David Scott who played the organ, a combined choir with members Saint Mary’s, Dewi Sant and St Thomas, was joined by family and friends to mark this very special occasion.

The guest preacher, Bishop John Stewart Davies, and his wife were given a very warm welcome.  During his time as vicar in Rhosymedre, Bishop John had been instrumental in encouraging Gordon to become a Lay Reader. 

During his sermon Bishop John added his own personal tribute to Gordon’s ministry, delighting the congregation with stories and anecdotes from Gordon’s time spent as a Lay Reader in Rhosymedre, before the family moved parishes and Gordon transferred his ministry to Rhosllanerchrugog.  

Rev Stuart Evans, former vicar of the parish who had worked very closely with Gordon, led the Intercessions during the service. Another former vicar, Rev  David Hart, accompanied by his wife, attended and many old friendships were renewed. Rev Steven Green, the Warden of Readers, Rev Canon Valerie Jones and the Area Dean, Rev David Child, were also among the guests.

The current vicar, Rev Jackie Carter, presented Gordon with a framed certificate and congratulatory letter on behalf of Bishop Gregory Cameron.  Gordon’s wife Eika also received a floral display of lilies presented by Sheila Lloyd as a ‘thank you’ for the support she had given Gordon over the years and Roger Lloyd presented Gordon with a cheque on behalf of the parish as a mark of their appreciation.

The vicar said that it had been a privilege to work alongside Gordon since coming to the parish eighteen months earlier and thanked him for his support and encouragement.

After the service many acquaintances and friendships were renewed during the splendid tea prepared by the people of the parish and served in the church hall.  Gordon proudly cut the congratulatory cake made to mark his 30 years of ministry.