My name is Louise and I am the Priest in Charge of St Giles, Balderton and All Saints, Barnby in the Willows.
Although I have only been here for a short while I have been deeply moved and encouraged as I’ve met with people and heard stories of what God has done and is doing in their lives and it has been great to take part in so many occasions when the church and the community come together.
As we engage with our diocesan vision of Growing Disciples Wider Younger Deeper and continue to reflect on our journey so far I look forward to all that God has in store for our communities as we serve him and share in his mission here. In the coming months we will together discover more of the love of Jesus as we grow in our own discipleship and invite others to join us.
If you would like to find out more about what is going on in our churches, if you have questions about the Christian faith or would just like to chat then please get in touch. Revd Louise Holliday
My Latest Newsletter Article: January 2018
Happy New Year!
I wonder how you approach the beginning of a new year? Do you make resolutions? Many people use the start of new year to commit to a new project or to recommit to improving their fitness, losing weight or quitting smoking. A new year can fill us with the sense of optimism of a new beginning.
I don’t make resolutions because I know that I’m very unlikely to keep them but I do appreciate the opportunity to reflect on the events of the last year as I look forward to all that the new year has in store. Of course, we can never know what lies ahead of us and I think that is a good thing but it is good to make plans and set targets for ourselves that are achievable as we look ahead.
2017 has been a busy year in the life of our parishes and I have really enjoyed working alongside you as we have served our communities together. As the year drew to a close we were busy making preparations for the beginning of something new – on January 1st St Giles, Balderton, All Saints, Barnby in the Willows and All Saints, Coddington join together as a Benefice. I would like to thank Revd Phil, Reader Mike and the team at Coddington for their hard work and care of the community during this period.
This is an exciting time for the three parishes and as Priest in Charge I look forward to working alongside you all across the benefice as we discover what the new year has in store for us. As we get to know each other, work together and share in God’s mission to the three villages my prayer is that we will discover new gifts and new ways of being church.
This is a significant point in our journey and to mark the occasion we will be having a joint service on Saturday 6th January. This date also marks the feast of Epiphany and it feels very appropriate that we set out as a new benefice on this day. The season of Epiphany is a continuation of the joyful celebration that began at Christmas as we remember the revelation of Christ to the magi.
As we gather on 6th January we will celebrate our shared new beginning and pray that God will guide us as we share our story with others.
The service will be held at All Saints, Coddington at 4pm and will be followed by a Bring and Share Tea in the Village Hall (food can be left there from 3pm). We will be joined by Archdeacon David Picken who will be preaching at the service. Please do offer lifts so that as many as possible can come.
I hope that you will join us at the service. It will be wonderful to worship together and offer our prayers for the coming year and beyond but please hold the service in your prayers as the date approaches.
Whatever you are looking forward to in the coming year, my prayer is that you will know the presence of God throughout the year, in the good times and the hard times and that, together, we will discover more of his love and peace for our communities and the world.
Love and prayer,
Blessings, Rev Louise