Thursday 7 September

Welcome to a New Season

- Frank Marsden


We were so very glad to see Kye Mclean’s ’s family with us on Monday evening as we began the new season by marking Kye’s untimely passing.


Kye played in Paul Tamsett’s FCV team, (the green and whites), after a stint with Sudbury Baptist.


My memories of Kye, are of a young energetic man on pitch, an enthusiastic footballer. Full of spirit, and..... mischief!


There are some here whose footballing days with Kye go back many years. Carefree, fun-filled games.

Bonds of friendship and companionship run deep.  His loss has been, and will be deeply felt,  especially in the coming days.


I have often heard it said that losing a child is the most difficult thing to come to terms with,

 and as a father of two  children,  I don’t know how I would cope were it to happen to me.


Following  many of the thoughts expressed  at Kye’s funeral, and from conversations at the wake at the Stoke by Nayland golf club afterwards,  emphasised to me again, that there is such a deep longing and  desire to meet  again, the person we have lost.


When someone we have come to know and to love, through a relationship of love and intimacy, which  has so wonderfully developed and blossomed, has ended, and they are taken from us, there is an aching void which nothing will fill. Yes, there are the memories and the mementoes. But that person will never be there again, and we long to one day, be reunited with them.


Maybe that’s  part of what the bible has in mind when it says that,


“He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the human heart. Yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”


Part of a poem that was beautifully read at Kye’s funera read;


“I would give my life to have you back my son, said his Mum

I know you would , said her son,

I cry each night for you, said his Mum,

And I catch all of your tears said her son.

I pray for the day that I can see you again , said his Mum

Close your eyes and you can see me, said her son”


For me that was such a clear and powerful example of the way Jesus loves us. He gave Himself, on a cruel cross, so that we might have our life back again, for us to be reunited with our Father in heaven.

Jesus catches all of our tears, for he knew what sorrow was, and He is the only one, who can truly enter in to our grief today.


And for those who would believe in Him, they know they will one day, see Him again.


Contained in the words of the Lords Prayer, which came  at the close of the funeral service for Kye,  it says, “thy kingdom come”. In Jesus coming kingdom, we take heart, that our grief and sorrow will finally be turned to joy.




Psalm 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.



For Kye - A Video tribute