Revd David James, Vicar of St Ambrose and St Leonard, East Bristol celebrated 40 years since his Ordination as a Priest in the Church of England on Saturday, 11th June at a Festival Eucharist in the church of St Ambrose. A packed church heard the now retired Bishop of Lincoln, Rt Revd John Saxbee, who was brought up in Bristol and is proud of it, preach a memorable sermon. In it he recalled David’s roots in Cornwall, his early career, his interest in steam trains, racing and his long and faithful effort as a priest. People from every period of David’s life and ministry packed the church for what was a very joyful occasion.
Our own Bishop, the Rt Revd Mike Hill presided at the Eucharist on the Feast of St Barnabas The Bishop paid tribute to David’s long ministry saying that he displayed to all that ‘ministry in the Church of God is for marathon runners and not sprinters.’ He also paid tribute to David’s wife, Ann, (pictured above, with David). After the service +Mike went on to say that the service illustrated all that is good about the Diocese: “It’s about God, it’s about humanity and it’s about saying thank you.”