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A Message from the new Vicar.

Greetings to everyone at Holy Trinity and St Mark’s,

My name is Peter Hamborg, and I’ve been appointed as your new vicar, which I am delighted about.

I come with a wife and three children. My wife is called Louisa; and then there’s Isaac who’s twelve, Florence who’s nine, and Meredith who’s two. Here we all are pictured recently at Christmas (the Santa at the back is no family relation).

It is a big move for our whole family, relocating from Preston where we are at the moment to Bolton-le-Sands, but we’re convinced that it is a move worth making. With it being such a big decision, we have prayed about it, and feel that we are following God’s call.

I know the area around Bolton-le-Sands quite well already, and I know that it will be a wonderful place to live. Before I was ordained, I used to work as an instrumental music teacher with Lancashire Music Service, and Bolton-le-Sands school was one of the schools I taught in for a few years. It has always been a lovely school, and so I was delighted to learn that they have a spare place in year 5 for our daughter Florence to join this year. I am just sorry for her that she’ll have to face the embarrassment of dad coming in to lead school assemblies! Where we are now, she’s been at a different school to the one connected with the church where I am vicar, so she has been spared this torment.

The reason I got ordained nearly twelve years ago is because I love God and I love people. This is pretty much my whole agenda, that we see people growing in their love for God and love for their neighbours. I am not biased towards any particular age group or background. I like spending time with the older generation, and having a ministry among those who are more ‘mature in years.’ I am also committed to youth and children’s work, and have plenty of experience in this area as well.

Now is not the time to set out any kind of manifesto, this is really just a chance to say ‘hello’ and introduce myself. When I do arrive, the first thing I will want to do is get to know you all, and get to know the parish, and then we can take it from there.

All I will say is this – that we do need to be real about the challenges facing the church today and be ready to adapt under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We have a great message to share that is as relevant today as ever, but sometimes the vehicles we use to carry that message need to be renewed. I am always struck that amongst the ancient words of the ordination service there’s a line about the Church being ‘called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation’ the Christian faith. That is what we are going do together – you and I, after I come to join you later this year. We will find ways of proclaiming afresh in our time and in our place the faith that we have received.

And I’m expecting to enjoy it. I’m very much looking forward to becoming your next vicar, and to becoming fully part of the life of Bolton-le-Sands and Nether Kellet.  The licensing service will be on Sunday 24th April at 7.00pm in Holy Trinity.

That’s all for now. Happy New Year – may it be a blessed year for all of us.

See you soon.

Peter

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

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