Parish Letter


Well – here we are – vicarless!

While Rev Chrissy does not officially leave us until mid-October, she has taken her final service, chaired her last meeting, visited all of the schools for their final assemblies, conducted her final wedding, served her last helpings of soup and sandwich, worked out her final service rota …………………– need I go on.

But that doesn’t mean she will be putting her feet up and smelling the roses. Oh no – that’s not for Chrissy. Instead she is in the throes of buying a new home, moving and planning a wedding. Just buying a new home and moving is supposed to be one of the most stressful things out there, let alone planning a wedding as well. But Rev Chrissy is one of the most organised and efficient people I have met and I just know that she is up to the job. I would like, on behalf of us all, to thank Rev Chrissy for licking us all into shape and leaving us in a very robust place as we now have to ‘go-it-alone’ for a while. THANK YOU CHRISSY and we wish you and Andrew every happiness and God’s blessing as you move into the next exciting phase of your lives together.

I have been thinking about ‘going-it-alone’, and likening this upcoming period of time to a rudderless ship. But then, while out walking with our lovely dog Margot in the tranquillity and beauty of our wonderful countryside, it hit me that we are not rudderless or cast adrift. Our Lord will be with us at all times. He will guide us and be our Beacon in calm and stormy waters. When we get blown off course, he will steer us back onto the right channel, and will give His strength and support to those that offer to take the helm when the opportunity arises. Most importantly though, he will help us to all row together and in the same direction!

So, we too, are sailing into the next exciting phase of our spiritual journey and we need to embrace it and meet it head on. Let us all work together to keep our ship afloat in His name.

His blessing on us all.

Jud Charlesworth

Churchwarden, Hampsthwaite

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 

Hebrews 10: 24-25