Church says fond farewell to minister

PUBLISHED: 13:46 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:36 25 August 2010

A MUCH-loved minister has retired after 40 years service. The Rev Samuel Sayer, 65, minister at Foots Cray Baptist Church, in Sidcup Hill,

A MUCH-loved minister has retired after 40 years' service.

The Rev Samuel Sayer, 65, minister at Foots Cray Baptist Church, in Sidcup Hill, Sidcup, for the last 13 years, retired on March 16.

A packed congregation were present at the church to hear Mr Sayer's last service, when leader of the London Baptist Association, the Reverend Dr Pat Took, paid a special tribute.

The father-of-two has 40 years of service in the Baptist ministry, including spells at Burnham on Crouch in Essex and Baldwyns Park, where he served for 22 years.

Church secretary Brenda Bridges, who spoke at the service, said: "Summer outreach events became more regular under his encouragement, as did special teaching and preaching weekends. People loved him to visit them at home, and he was always a popular speaker.

"He has friends all over the place - a terrific networker!"

She added: "Sam isn't a loud man, larger than life as they say! He doesn't roar from the pulpit like an elephant or thunder like an old-time thespian!

"But he is firm and sure in what he says to us. He knows what he thinks and states it clearly.

"Many times I've fumbled to utter a prayer, and Sam has beautifully expressed just what I wished to say!

"He is our great friend, our good friend, and we love him, and thank him for all that he means to us in our lives and in our church."

As well as Pastor, Mr Sayer has served as a mental health chaplain.

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