Pew news 19th May 2019

Richard Bewes, who has preached at Christ Church several times over the past few years, died at home in Surrey last Friday 10th May.  He is now with Jesus and without pain.  But those of us who – like Katie and I – had the privilege of serving Jesus under his leadership, will miss his reassuring presence throughout the remainder of our work on earth.  Our hearts go out to Pam, his wife, who has come here with Richard on each of his visits. 

Richard was an exceptionally gifted preacher, writer and leader.  But most of all it was his character and faith that made him a role model to the many who looked to him to lead the way in Christian life and ministry. 

He bore a heavyweight of leadership within All Souls, Langham Place, where he was Rector for 25 years, and more widely as a calm and clear Evangelical voice.  But he carried it all with a childlike joy and humour in the utter conviction that “in quietness and trust is your strength” (Is 30:15).  Having experienced the East African Revival in his Kenyan childhood in the 1940s, he never lost a riveting expectation that God is always powerfully at work through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Kingdom of God always seemed more present, dynamic and colourful after talking to Richard. 

At Christ Church, we have experienced a more direct blow too.  Clare Bradley was deeply loved here, and everywhere she went.  She had a beautiful childlike quality, along with a smile we never forget and a radiant of gratitude for those she loved.  Many church members will be at her Thanksgiving Service tomorrow, here at 12:30 p.m.  We must pray that God will lift up Barry and Win, her parents, along with the whole family.

We do grieve – but not without hope, because Christ is risen.  For the time being, he holds his loved ones safe.  One day he will raise them, with us, at the longed-for reunion