Hi, i am posting from the UK where I'm a member of a C of E parish. I am completing my first year as a regular church goer. I have tried church from time to time but find myself becoming weary of much of the cliques that i find exist. My local church got a new vicar. We hit it off and i have been able to learn so much about God. His views and mine on church are so similar. It is because of his encouragement and friendship that i have stuck with the church now for a year. He and his wife have become great friends. He even got my non-church going wife to come to a few services. I learnt this week that they are moving away. A fantastic opportunity for them and we are so happy. From a very selfish view point, i feel i am losing the rudder to my faith. I understand there will be a period where we will have no priest. I fear a fertile ground will emerge for those in the parish who like to make a noise and who run the place as their own little manor. My friend, who is a forward thinking inclusive vicar faced great hostility when he arrived. I dont want to go to church to fight and bicker. I want to leave each Sunday in peace to love and serve the Lord.