Hugh's last Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church was November 18, 2018. We celebrated his ministry among us at one combined service at 9:00 a.m.
On October 16, 2018, Father Hugh James sent the following letter to members of Christ Episcopal Church, announcing his new appointment as Interim Rector of St Ann's Church in Sayville, New York
As I am sure you know, circumstances at Christ Episcopal Church have changed and we are no longer able to employ full time clergy. As a result I will be moving and, after much thought and prayer, have decided to accept the position of Interim Rector at St Ann’s Church in Sayville, New York. I will start there on Saturday December 1st, and my first Sunday will be the following day
Before that, I will be taking two weeks’ vacation, during which Susan and I will move to our new home. My last services at Christ Episcopal Church will be on Sunday November 18.
I have greatly enjoyed being your Rector and serving with you in the ministries of Christ Episcopal Church. Together, over the last almost seven years, we have accomplished much as a church, much more than I can put in this letter. There will always be a special place for you in my prayers.
Once retired as your Rector, I will not be allowed to return to conduct any services (funerals, weddings, baptisms, etc.), nor serve you in any pastoral capacity. That will be the honor and privilege of those who follow me. They will need the space to get to know you, without interference from a former rector.
In the meantime, we will have some time to continue to worship and pray together and to say good-bye. I look forward to recalling good memories with you and sharing hope and faith in what God’s future holds for each of us.
With blessings, love and prayers,
J Hugh A James, Rector of Christ Episcopal Church
If you want to see information about the church to which Hugh has moved, their website is located here. St Ann's Sayville Website