No Trouble At All

Today (Friday 30 October) is Leigh McLean’s last day in the church office as the Church Manager and I am so sorry to see him go. Leigh and I go way back from when he was one of my youth leaders at Streatham Baptist Church in the 80’s and it has been an absolute joy to reconnect with him here at RBC. Sadly, as I have got older and my forehead larger, Leigh has pretty much stayed looking the same – he must have an aging portrait of himself in an attic somewhere! However, rather than regale you all with rose tinted stories of South London youth (although it was the best place in the world to grow up)

I just want to put down in words what an amazing 18 months it’s been working with Leigh. We have laughed, cried, prayed, and partied together often within the same hour. Leigh’s mantra of ‘no trouble at all’ has never been just empty words but applied to every request and situation. From blocked pre-school loos (don’t ask) to the most colourful, interesting, and frankly scary people turning up at the door to see ‘The Vicar’ ……. ‘Leigh could you join me for this one?’ …… ‘Of course – no trouble at all’.

So….I’ve written a little poem about Leigh – a rap if you will – to celebrate and say goodbye to Leigh. It works best to the tune of ‘Rappers Delight’ by the Sugar Hill Gang – don’t ask me to perform it ……. Here’s an extract:

Now here we are, it’s a sad, sad day
I never want to repeat
I’m saying goodbye to Leigh Mclean –
The coolest man you’ll ever meet.
He walked in the office – over 6 foot tall,
Shirt, tie, and a brief case too
With a big broad smile, a calming voice,
He asked: ‘Can I help you?’
In 18 months, he’s done so much,
the list is very long
And he tells some awful jokes
that are very, very wrong.
There’s no problem too much for him
no job too big or small
Whatever you ask, whatever you want –
he says ‘no trouble at all’

He’s introduced us to church suite
where the rota’s never end,
He sorted out the bad Wi-Fi
that drove us round the bend.
Weekly emails, minutes, notes
and meetings to arrange,
taking care of our intern-
yes, I’m talking about Gabe!
The printers jammed, the lights don’t work,
the heating’s always on,
That’s no problem for my man
with him all stress is gone.
He has to do some nasty jobs
0ffice 365 to install,
whatever you ask, whatever you want –
he says ‘no trouble at all’

He’s the C to the H to the U to the R
to the CH Manager,
From the FMT to the CLT
to putting notes on cars.
He moves the chairs, he repairs the stairs
installs new thermostats,
he tells a story and dresses up
to help Toddlers and Pat.
Mettle and Moss and Baby Grow,
Any group that comes on site,
Community groups, and charities
Homeless shelters at night.
With his little notebook and old laptop
He never drops the ball,
Whatever you ask, whatever you want –
he says ‘no trouble at all’

Goodbye Leigh
God Bless You
Thanks for being you and doing what you do

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