From the Rector - September 2015

Dear Friends,

l would like to begin by congratulating and thanking all those involved with the Children's Activity Week at the beginning of August. It was a brilliant week and I enjoyed meeting the children and helpers alike. Well done.

I have now been in post for a month. In my last letter i had to assume a warm welcome for myself and my family. We have not been disappointed.

We had a fantastic welcome on 27th July. I am very grateful to all the local clergy who attended. We had friends from far and wide drop everything and join us. I had friends from University: from previous parishes and from my last post at Dorothy House Hospice. Then a whirlwind of faces of people from our local churches, farms. schools, councils and groups. Some of whom I can now remember their names! Please, please, please keep telling me your names as we meet.

l have been pretty busy since. I am now wondering where I am going to find time to fit everything in when the 'lull' of August is passed and the schools are back and church folk expect things like the Parochial Church Council to meet again.

i am, however, looking forward to it. There is something of a fresh start about September. I'm sure it all stems from school days. Most of us will remember going back to school after the summer holidays. Some of us with disappointment that the freedom was over. Some of us relieved to get away from parental enforced labour or just glad to see friends that we had not seen for a while. I never really enjoyed going back to school as it usually ruined my birthday.

September will also see some of our young residents or family heading off to university. It seems fitting to me that I should be at the start of my ministry as many others prepare for their new starts. I invite you to join with me in praying for those who face new starts with excitement or trepidation and for those who long for a new start in their career. relationships. lives or faith.

Yours,

Richard