RSS FeedRetirement of Pastor Jeff and Mrs Hannah Steadman (1) Saturday

Retirement of Pastor Jeff and Mrs Hannah Steadman (1) Saturday

Posted on 22nd September 2014 at 21:30 by LCBC News in LCBC News Blog

Jeff and Hannah Retirement

How do you celebrate lives given in service to God and dedicated to him?  At LCBC we spent a whole weekend in thanksgiving for Mr and Mrs Steadmans' 37 years of pastoring, loving and building up the Baptist Church here in Long Crendon.

On Saturday 20th September 2014 the church family, along with old friends and members of Jeff and Hannah's families, came together for a wonderful party.

Jeff Retirement

 

There was some amazing food

 

Jeff Retirement

 

 

 


good company and conversation

Jeff Retirement

 

 

several generations

 

 

 

Jeff Retirement

 

 

 

  old friends

 


Jeff Retirement

 

 

 

deep conversations

 

Jeff Retirement

 

 

 

 

 

Men...

 

 

Jeff Retirement

 

 

 

...and women

Jeff Retirement

 

 

And even more food!

 

Jeff Retirement

 

 

There were people eating everywhere you looked
(well we did manage to feed 250!)
 

Jeff Retirement

 

 

Jeff Retirement

 

Jeff Retirement

 

 

 

 

 

 

After all the talking and eating came the entertainment, as only LCBC, organised by Helen and Martin Walker, can do.

Jeff Retirement
Jeff and Hannah were given a special presentation cushion (not that we believe they are going to do much sitting back and relaxing), and the evening began.

 

There were musical pieces from classical to jazz, choral, combo and solo.
Highlights included: 

Jeff's retirement concert

The silent monks with their
Hallelujah Chorus

 

 

 


Jeff's retirement concert

 

Welsh music from Elizabeth on harp and Kathy on flute
 

 

 

 

Jeff Retirement

 

Neil's wonderful rendering of
Yellow Tambourine

 

 

 

 

Jeff's retirement concert

 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - an homage to Jeff's choice of music to drive to!

 

 

 

 

Jeff Retirement

 

Tom Finlay singing
his own composition,
accompanied by brother Jordan

 

 

 

Jeff Retirement

 

Helen's version of I know him so well was heavily influenced by her years working as church administrator

 

 

 

And who could forget the amazing Cat's Duet by Rossini, sung by a large number of cats who popped up all over the church!

The final item was a choral piece - Howard Goodall's version of Love Divine.
Jeff's retirement concert

Jeff Retirement

There were also sketches which had us creased up with laughter (mostly poking very loving fun at Jeff) and in-jokes about vegetables, Wales and all things Welsh.

 

 

Jeff Retirement

 

The Interview Drill:

 

 

Jeff Retirement

 

 

 

Millie has had to find a new assistant
now that Aggie has retired

 

 

Jeff's retirement concert

 

 

Ron and Eth did
a bit of canoodling

 

 

Jeff Retirement

 

 

And even the Community Police dropped in with complaints about Jeff's behaviour

 

Jeff Retirement

 

 

 

With Martin as a very dapper compere,
it was a wonderful evening,
to be remembered for a long time.






The last word belongs to Hannah who thanked all those who provided the wonderful food and entertainment and those who cleared up afterwards!

 

Jeff Retirement

 

 

 

Long Crendon Baptist Church