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: September 2017
As I write this I am sitting at my desk looking out at the heavy rain, feeling a chill in the air. Who would believe we’re in the month of August!! However, I do hope that
as you read this in the September edition of Village News we will be enjoying a late burst of warm sunshine as the summer draws to a close and we look toward the coming months of autumn.
Our schools and nurseries are well in to the new school year and many of our children are getting used to new classrooms and teachers. Many will have moved on to a different school and some of our teenagers are preparing to begin a fresh stage at college or university. All that has gone before has helped to prepare them for this latest stage in their lives and as parents, friends or teachers, we can be proud of them as they take on new challenges.
I always find this time of year exciting, as, after the rest and recreation of the summer we look forward to all that the season has in store for us. But with all the hope and potential of new beginnings comes the sadness of ending and saying goodbye to what has gone before. In fact, there can be no possibility of taking hold of new opportunities without letting go of some of the things that have played a huge part in our journey thus far.
This year is particularly poignant for us as we prepare to welcome the folk of All Saints, Coddington as they join us here at St Giles, Balderton and All Saints, Barnby and together we become a benefice of three parishes. As we look ahead to Coddington joining with us in the new year consideration has been given to the pattern of services. With this in mind it has been decided that the Refresh service will no longer take place. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Refresh team for their ministry and commitment.
There is much to look forward to as we prepare to work together in the new year and over the coming months we will be considering the shape of ministry and mission across the new benefice. I’m sure you will join me in praying for the new group and waiting expectantly for all that God has in store for us.
We are all shaped by our surroundings and, in turn, we play our part in shaping the lives of those we live alongside. Relationship and community are at the heart of the Gospel and throughout his ministry Jesus lived and worked alongside family and friends, drawing people in to a relationship with God that enabled them to be the people they were created to be.
We are created to live in relationship with God and others and friendship and community are fundamental to our wellbeing. As Christians, spending time together, whether during regular Sunday worship or meeting to share in celebrations is an important part of our discipleship.
Taking time to thank God for all his gifts and to offer our prayers for the future is important and this time of year offers the opportunity to do that together at the Harvest Service on 1st October, where we can thank God for his provision for us and recommit ourselves to sharing what we have with others. During this service we will be taking a collection for the work of Framework and this year they have asked that donations be given to enable the provision of ‘Home Starter Packs’ to people in need. Please look out for the gift aid envelopes in church.
We have so much to thank God for and part of our response to God’s goodness to us is an openness to share what we have with others.
Thank you for your friendship and support. I will continue to hold you in my prayers as we all continue on our journey of discipleship.
Blessings, Rev Louise