This links to Tadeusz Tolwinski church's website in Poland with pictures from Pastor Robs Thanks giving service


Dear Friends
Firstly to say that we are overwhelmed by the emails, cards, letters, prayers & support from you all.  We knew that Rob was special to people but it's only now that we are realising just how much he touched peoples lives & the depth of love & appreciation you all had for him.
Lot's of you have been asking for details of the Thanksgiving Service.  The following notice will be printed in the Leicester Mercury.
ROBERT DAVID BRIARS - "For me to live is Christ and to die is Gain"
By God's Grace & Mercy on October 23rd Rob passed away & entered Heaven to walk on those streets of gold & to praise his Saviour for evermore.
Will be missed by Lorna, Helen & Dennis, Andy & Jill. & grandchildren; Joshua & Kate, Simon, Rhianna & Jonathan.  Thanks to all the staff on the Kinmonth Unit at the LRI for their care & support.
All Family & Friends are invited to a service of thanksgiving for Rob's life, Saturday, November 7th at 2.30pm. Carley Evangelical Baptist Church, Wharf St. North, Leicester, LE1 2AB.  Donations if desired marked for; Polish Evangelical Churches and/or Tatarstan Fund.  Cheques made payable to Carley Church.
We look forward to seeing you next Saturday & to join in praise & worship for the great things the Lord has done !!!
Lorna, Helen & Andy





1935 - 2009

It is with a sense of sadness, yet true rejoicing that Rob Briars was called to glory just before midnight on Friday 23rd October 2009.

Rob came to Carley as a young man in the mid 1950’s, attended Carley until the time of his National Service in the navy, from 1956-1958. He came to know the Lord Jesus as his personal Saviour, while in the navy and was baptised at Carley in 1957.

In 1961 Rob was called to the deaconate at Carley and served in this capacity until he was appointed as pastor. He retired from this position when he was 65, having faithfully served as pastor for a period of 15 years.

During his time at Carley, Rob was very active in children’s work. He was leader of Sunshine Hour and much of the Sunday School work. This was one of his passions for he had a love for children. Further as a qualified electrical engineer, there are many who in the past received practical help from him in many ways. Preaching at other evangelical churches was also part of his ministry. Rob enjoyed travelling both in the UK and abroad and this led to an interest in overseas missionary work.

Outreach to the homes around Carley was one of his concerns. During his pastorate much time was spent and work done on the St Matthews Estate. Rob was also a governor at the nearby school - Taylor Road Primary School. During his retirement years he undertook visits to Poland and Tatarstan, a region in Russia. These visits were for the encouragement of local churches and believers as well as the proclamation of the Gospel.

Rob had the heart of a pastor. He was always present when needed by his flock, I personally can testify to his help and support in times of need. Further for me as a deacon and then elder I can testify to the richness of fellowship we had in the things of the Lord Jesus, discussing Scripture together, as well as on a more down to earth area of our love of the countryside and photography.

Our prayers and love go out to Lorna and the family at this time, knowing that our God is the true comforter to all of His believing people.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NKJ)

R. John Wheeler



Does prayer work? Yes, it does.

You prayed : God answered.

We have been aware of the love of many for us in the last two and a half years. It was hard for Rob to accept the vast change which resulted from the serious stroke, but I am thankful that I was able to look after him at home, which was the best environment for him.

When other problems arose Rob faced them with the certainty that his longing to be with his Saviour in heaven was being fulfilled.

This certainty gave us all a sense of peace which was an answer to many prayers. Helen and Dennis, and Andy and Jill are aware of being upheld too, and our grandchildren have all in various ways been a great help to me, in the shared situation of caring for Rob. We hope to compile a booklet of some of the tributes to Rob’s life, in due course.

We thank you for respecting our privacy in some aspects of our loss. We all have great admiration for the Carley team and the wider support in making the thanksgiving service for Rob on November 7th such a memorable occasion.

A thought which recurred in some of the letters I received is summed up in this example:

‘The service itself was a blessing and a motivation to be the best for our dear Saviour while here below.’

I hope we can base our prayer on that now.

Lorna Briars


To see the Order of Service please click here.


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