Long-standing minister leaves church
PUBLISHED: 18:00 07 March 2019 | UPDATED: 08:01 08 March 2019
All Saints Church
A long-standing church leader has left a parish and villagers say her ‘leadership, creativity and love for us all’ will be missed.
Reverend Ann Sargent, of Long Ashton’s All Saints Church, has decided to take on a ministry role at the Diocese of Gloucester.
She had been practising at the village’s place of worship, in Church Lane, for 13 years, and described her time in Long Ashton as ‘incredible’ and an ‘absolute privilege’.
Ann started her new role as diocesan director of ordinands and warden of readers last month, and a welcoming ceremony will be held for her in Gloucester this month.
Ann said: “What an incredible 13 years it has been living and ministering with the people of Long Ashton.
“It has been an absolute privilege and a truly blessed time.
“We arrived as a young family, my children were four and five, and we were welcomed into the life of the church and have been in the unique position of feeling our welcome has grown bigger throughout our time here.”
Ann grew up in Yorkshire on the edge of the North York Moors.
She has a son who is attending university and a daughter studying for her A-levels.
She continued: “In all honesty I feel I have done little to shape the beautiful church All Saints has become, but what I choose to celebrate is the journey I’ve shared with the people in Long Ashton.
“The church is in the people’s hands and they are going to continue to grow the faith where life is happening in the village.
“The people will stay in my prayers and remain in my heart for a very long time.
“It has been a privilege to work in such a wonderful, vibrant and caring community, and my whole family will miss Long Ashton, Barrow Gurney and Flax Bourton enormously.
Ann’s farewell service was held at the church in January and many people living in Long Ashton attended on the day to wish her all the best.
All Saints holds services on Sunday mornings and during the week, and baptisms, weddings and coffee morning are held there regularly.
A Long Ashton Parish Council spokesman said: “We are very grateful for all her ministry, guidance and care over the past 13 years.
“We will all miss Ann in the village.”