Priest bids farewell to Uckfield congregation

Rev June Terry. Photo by Ron Hill
Rev June Terry. Photo by Ron Hill

A popular woman priest has retired from the Uckfield Ministry Team.

Rev June Terry left the church on Tuesday.

Her final appearance at Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, was when she presided and preached at the celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany.

June said: “As I retire after 14 years of work and serving the people within the family of the Church of Uckfield and the wider community, I have made many friends and will miss the warmth and acceptance of the people. I came to Uckfield from Hemel Hempstead as a lay reader in the church.

“I had no idea that I would be ordained priest. My ministry in the wider community has enabled me to share the joys and sorrows shared with families, seeing young people joined together in marriage, baptising babies, and helping people to trust in the love of God in their grief.

“Being able to go into people’s homes sharing Holy Communion, visiting the hospital, all of these situations have helped me to feel part of Uckfield.

“I have had great fun on the special occasions of the year such as fun day on the Luxford Field, Uckfield FM radio’s thought for the day and many more occasions.

“This has been the most fulfilling and happy time of my life, but now I have reached the point when I need to take time to be with family and grandchildren after being away from them for 20 years, I think it is time to be where I grew up in Kent.”

There was a reception for Rev Terry in the Belmont Centre after the service where a presentation was made to thank her for all that she give to the church in her time in Uckfield.

On Monday, June 17, 2013, the Rt Reverend Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester and the Venerable Philip Jones, Archdeacon of Lewes and Hastings, conducted a Service for the Institution and Induction of the Reverend Canon Martin Onions as the Rector for the Church of the Holy Cross. He succeeded the Rev Brian Wilcox who retired and moved to Norfolk in September 2011.

June was presented with a decorated retirement cake.