Rector – Reader Writes

So, changes afoot, and fresh starts. 

Well it is not just the seasons that are changing, this may be my last message to you all as Interim vicar which is a good thing as it means that our next permanent vicar should soon be appearing on the horizon! Also, after many years of wonderful work putting together our local magazine Susan Roberts is stepping down in the summer, a huge thank-you Sue from all of us for all your hard work and all you have brought to this role on our behalf. 

So, changes afoot, and fresh starts. There is a bible verse I am sometimes reminded of at times like this- ‘…the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rearguard’, (Isaiah 52.12) which speaks of God’s protection and holding together of both our past, as we lay things down, and our future, as we look forward in hope and faith to the next chapter of our church and community life. 

As ever, there is lots to look forward to and enjoy in the coming months, from the Jubilee picnic in the school grounds on Sunday June 5th to the regular round of services at 9.30am each Sunday (messy church for children each 2nd Sunday of month) and summer relaxation. 

May I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their very warm welcome and support during my time in Halsall (and Lydiate), as I have (tried to!) help and support our churches through the vacancy and Covid and everything thrown at us in the last couple of years or so, and wish you every blessing for what I am sure are exciting times ahead. 

With very best wishes

Ian Hopkins
(Interim Vicar)