After 15 years, 100 weddings, 300 baptisms and 300 funerals, Morley’s well-respected Rev Margaret Dye is to retire.
Rev Dye came to the town as curate at St Peter’s and All Saints churches before being ordained and settling at St Andrew’s Church, which has become her home.
A special service will be held on Sunday September 1 – the last to be led by Rev Dye before she says farewell to the community.
She will then move with her husband Steve, currently the chaplain of St George’s Crypt in Leeds, to Bridlington where they will be involved with the town’s Christ Church.
But Rev Dye the memories of Morley will stay with her.
“I have met some amazing people while I’ve been in Morley, which has a great, established community,” she said.
“My fondest memories are of seeing people who have had some really tragic times in their lives find happiness again. It’s an honour to be invited into people’s lives – happy and sad.
“I have baptised children and seen them all the way through to their confirmation – I’ve watched them grow up.”
A special lunch has been organised after Rev Dye’s final service which will give local people and the minister herself the chance to say a fond farewell and thank you.
Rev Dye said she had felt very privileged to be part of the community.
She said: “I would like to say thank you to people for allowing me to step into their lives. That’s what ministry is all about!”