LESLIE FRANCIS HEILBRONN
27 APRIL 1937 – 13 DECEMBER 2020
A Reflection by Rev Peter Sanders
On our first morning attending worship at Arden Crescent we were welcomed by Les at the door. Over time I became aware of Les’ wonderful way of setting up small groups, both in the church and in the wider community. Through his association with the Watsonia Neighbourhood House, he started a weekly Walking Group in Gresswell Forest, a weekly Thursday morning Coffee Group, three Saturday Men’s Breakfast Groups and who knows what else.
Les was a key supporter of the hope springs ministry as a member of the Committee of Management and treasurer from the outset, and of great personal support to me.
Starting with a small group of residents at Chippendale Lodge, Les instigated the hope springs ‘Worship on Thursdays’, always concerned that those who wished to come had transport. As well as conducting regular services with his meticulously prepared Order of Service booklets, he rostered Network ministers to provide continuity. For the Cross Generation congregation he ran a Good Friday Taizé service, stepped in to provide Sunday 5pm worship gatherings through January and other times when we were away, such as at our annual camp, and lately providing us with our weekly email notices.
An inspiring personification of Christian love and service, Les had his own blend of special qualities – he was meticulous, assiduous, dependable, self-effacing, as a companion to many on the way of Jesus.
We are thankful to God for the difference that he has made in so many people’s lives. We will miss him and keep his memory as we walk on.
Les, rest in peace good and faithful servant.
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