It was a great privilege, given the restrictions on numbers, for members of the Love Southend Servant Team who have been meeting regularly with Ali Griffin for the last four years to be invited to attend her farewell afternoon tea at Porters on July 8 2021. An excellent ‘tea’ was served in individual cardboard cartons, which one member of the team discovered was remarkably resistant to heavy rain!
Among other interactions it provided the opportunity for conversations with senior police officers who were present, and to pray with a gentlemen who has become seriously ill since Mark (Churchward) first met him during his period of being Chaplain to the Mayor. A letter of thanks and appreciation for all she has done for the Borough was given to Ali on behalf of Love Southend. We believe it was God who led Ali to Southend, and we look to God to bring us a person of skill, wisdom, honesty and integrity to take her place.