Clergy letter for May
The 8th of April was an over whelming day for us in the Vicarage as I was Licenced as your Priest in Charge, but I think most of you will call me the New Vicar. Which is good as moving from a Rectory into living in a Priest-in-Chargery doesn’t sound right. Most keep asking how do I like to be addressed and Ian is just fine, for that’s what my mum called me.
The other question we are being asked is: ‘are you settling in?’ We are touched by your welcome, flowers, cards and supply of essentials and the extra-essentials together with the sense that you want us to feel at home here with you. Thank you all.
New names, gifts and welcoming are all part of coming to a new place, along with the inevitable feelings of loss, disorientation and sheer exhaustion that comes with having to think through everything twice and finding it all unfamiliar. It is un-settling. Thank you, though, to those who have tried to make things easier but as in many things it simply takes time and can’t be rushed.
And so, the Interregnum ends, the honeymoon period of hopes and dreams begins which then in time will settle into the familiar, the sense of change but also continuation, of new beginnings and of old endings.
I invite you to join us in this continuing journey of Crich & South Wingfield Churches which together we make; walk with us, pray for us, bear with us and celebrate with us.
This is what Jesus invites us into; the continuing journey with him in the company of others to find the pathways of righteousness. Now that is new, unsettling but the right place to be, together.
Ian & Chris Whitehead