I was brought up in the Church of England so it made sense that I would look for an Episcopal church in the USA.
My wife Shirley and I joined The Church of the Epiphany in Oak Park, California and enjoyed many wonderful years there. I had been in mechanical engineering for forty-five years and decided to retire in 2008. Or so I thought!
I was at lunch with my priest one day when he mentioned that they needed help in the office. Shirley and I had already been involved in many aspects of the church before this but not in any aspect of the office duties. I said maybe I could help and for next five years I was the assistant administrator as well as verger, lay minister, acolyte director and a job called “could you………?”!
When I decided in 2013 that I really would retire Shirley and I sold up and moved here from California. Of course we needed a church and found St. Alban’s to be the place for us.
From the very first visit we knew we were where we wanted to be. Shirley said we should take things easy and not say too much about what we did in California but I guess I could not keep quiet and now I’m working again!
Unless you’ve lived in California you do not realize how much of life there is a veneer. Here in Texas we have found love and friendship and I am proud to be able to serve the people of the only Episcopal church in Arlington; St. Alban’s.