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: July 2017
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! Or at least so the song goes, and many of us will be looking forward to our summer holiday, as the days are long and hopefully sunny. Even if we’re not going away, the months of July and August can offer time to slow down a little and maybe take time to ponder on life.
This time of year also signals the end of one chapter and the beginning of another, as many of our young people are looking forward to an end to studying and the beginning of their working life. Our school children in the villages will also be preparing for moving on, whether to a new class or the big move on to secondary school. As we think about these milestones in life, it is good to recognise the importance of ending things well in order to move on in a positive frame of mind to whatever life holds out for us next. After all, before each new beginning there must be an end to what went before.
As a diocese, we will be thanking God for his care for us as we welcome new priests and deacons at the Ordination services at the end of June. These services are a celebration of lives committed to the service of God in the church and each Ordinand will have had their own experience of endings in order to embrace the new beginning in parish life as a curate, and I’m sure you will join me in praying for them and their families at this time of transition.
The Christian faith acknowledges that life is a series of endings and beginnings, and recognises that sometimes we can feel a little overwhelmed by the prospect of change. Scripture offers us many encouraging insights in to the nature of our Father God who walks with us every step of the way and who leads us in to all things new. In Lamentations we read: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is his faithfulness.”
At the end of his gospel Matthew records Jesus promising to be with his disciples to the end of the age. That promise is also extended to us, and my prayer for you this summer is that whatever stage of life you’re at, and however you spend these next few weeks, you will know the love of God is always with you.
Blessings, Rev Louise