St Georges Hyde

 

Dear Friends,

 

As we are now in a new year, 2018, it is natural for us to seek new beginnings at St George’s. When Barbara and I joined our Church back in 1985 we were still worshipping in the school whilst our Church was refurbished – all that moving of chairs backwards and forwards into the assembly area!                                                                                                                                 

And now early in 2018 we move towards a new chapter in our Church history not only looking forward to a new incumbent but being joined with St Thomas’ here in Central Hyde. There is quite a team heavily involved in the forthcoming selection process from our Diocesan Bishop Peter downwards. As I write this I don’t know the time scale, nor whether we have any candidates for selection. Yes there is uncertainty about all this - above all we don’t know how long the Interregnum will last. Yes we have been very fortunate in having experienced six years of ministry from Jo, but we must move on into unchartered waters. It’s no good looking back to what has already past. What will this new chapter be like? We can be certain that God is behind all the current deliberations. For him there are no insurmountable obstacles. All we can do as parishioners is to humbly submit to God’s will and above all pray. Our Wardens, Carol and Dorothy, are the two people under the most pressure at this time; what can we do to take some of the burden off their shoulders? Maybe they’d like an ear to listen or to discuss something or maybe it’s something more practical.                                                                                                                       

If we pray unceasingly then we can be sure God will guard over our best interests, concerns and furthering our mission of spreading the Good News here in Central Hyde. Remember our path with Jesus (whether as individuals or as a Church) is never static. We move as a Church to new vistas and new horizons. So continue to pray for all involved in the selection process, for the right person to put their names forward for selection and that this person is one of faith, prayer and filled with the Holy Spirit: a person of vision, wisdom and sound judgement: a person with a pastoral heart and a true love of people. So let us go forward in confidence that God’s will will be fulfilled in this “intermediate/ anticipatory” period in our Church’s life. I leave you with two prophetic verses from Isaiah 43 “Do not remember the former things nor consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing: now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

David Hollington