St. Andrew's Church Wimbledon, Herbert Road, London SW19 3SH
St. Andrew's Church
Off Graham Road
A Tribute to Andrew
All of us at St Andrew’s Church miss our dear Andrew so much. Who couldn’t love a man who thought that his church was named after him?
We know that we are an eccentric congregation and Andrew was an eccentric priest; no wonder we had 25 wonderful years together!
We miss Mr Darcy too, but we are pleased that he has found a new, happy home in Devon, with Andrew’s dearest friends Rachel and Sam and their family.
We do feel rather like lost sheep at the moment, but we have had so much help from Simon Gates, the Archdeacon of Lambeth, very much a voice of calm, and loads of help and comfort from Sally, our own Lay Reader.
It was lovely to meet John Hayward, the Vicar of St Mary’s Merton, who took our service last week.
What we are really looking forward to is welcoming Tim Clapton, the priest who will be leading our services for the next few months before he takes up his appointment as Chaplain of Brixton Prison.
Our church will now move forward as Andrew would have wanted. Not bowed down with grief but lifted up by his legacy of humour and strength.
Thank you, the Reverend Doctor Andrew Wakefield D.D. – our own dear Andrew.
Tributes to Andrew:
With thanks for your support of children and families in the diocese through your work as a trustee of Welcare.
Anna Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Welcare
Andrew will be sadly missed by all who knew him, Christian, Moslem, Jew or those of no faith. Andrew was a true friend to the Jewish Community and we will miss our honorary Christian Rabbi.
Julian Samuels, President, Wimbledon and District Synagogue
Having known Andrew for very many years when I was a fellow priest in the diocese of Southwark, it was a pleasure as a Pro Chancellor of the University of Roehampton to award him an honorary doctorate at a degree ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall just this summer. There we heard of his substantial work in community development well beyond the confines of his parish church, an example and inspiration for our Church.
The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster
“The Christian is not a religious person, but simply a human being, as Jesus was a human being, profoundly this worldly, characterized by discipline, and the constant knowledge of death and resurrection.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer Revd Dr Stephen Sichel, Vicar, St Matthew w St Jude, Brixton
We will always remember all your acts of kindness and never forget you.
With love from the Rodins