Message from Phil Bradley

Emailed out on 26 October 2018 and announced at services on 28 October.

Following my visit to the Doctor’s this week I wanted to give a brief update on my state of health. Firstly though, I wanted to clarify  that I have been diagnosed with depression coupled with exhaustion, but that I am starting to turn a corner and feel better.

However, the Doctor says I am still far from being fit enough to go back to work so she has signed me off for another 30 days.

This has naturally frustrated me as I am ever keen to serve God and all of you - and I really have missed you all. However, I do need to ensure I am 100% fit in order to give of my best.

The arrangements for cover remain the same with Katy looking after Cricklade and Latton, and Shirley looking after Ashton Keynes and Leigh - and I am grateful to them and my PA, Theresa, for the large amount of work and learning they have done over the past 30 days.

Again, you are ever in my prayers and I look forward to returning to you in the near future fully refreshed to continue in our mission together in growing God’s kingdom across the Benefice. Please would you continue to pray for me for my continuing recovery and also for my family who have looked after me wonderfully.

With all God’s Blessings

Revd Phil Bradley

Vicar, Upper Thames Group of Churches