At last Sunday evening's Songs of Praise service, tribute was paid to Desmond Ffoulkes's 61 years ministry as a local preacher. Looking back, Des sometimes wondered whether his work was bearing fruit. He said that he sometimes felt after leading worship and preaching that he had not adequately helped people to come close to God. "But perhaps I shouldn't have worried," he said. "God also has a part to play and the Holy Spirit often provides what is lacking in our own efforts, blessing them in his own way."
His hymn choice, 'All my hope on God is founded' is about God's goodness, power and love. Rev. Helen Kirk thanked Des on behalf of the Circuit and his well planned, helpful and relevant preaching will be missed.