As this is my first Minister’s letter – I thought I’d take the opportunity to introduce myself to the Church Magazine readership community.
I’m Louise (often called Lou) – I’m married to Paul and together we have one daughter called Rebekah (Bekah) who is 14 years old. I love sci-fi films (especially Marvel and Star Trek), reading, papercrafts, afternoon teas, good coffee, black and white polka dots, Gary Barlow and Take That! (Yes, I know there’s no accounting for taste!) I come from Yorkshire, Headingley where they play Rugby and Cricket – but don’t ask me to explain the rules of either! We live in a Manse in West Kirby.
I was ordained in 2000 and I have served Churches in Ilford and Romford, Coventry and West Kirby. As you all know my working week will be split between you at Eastham (25%) and the church at West Kirby (75%) – how that will work out will become obvious as the weeks go on – roughly a Sunday a month and a day a week – depending on what’s happening! The Elders at West Kirby are hoping that in time there may well be things we do in partnership as two churches together. It’s a privilege and an honour to walk alongside people in their faith journey, in joys and sorrows to be allowed into the midst of faith and doubt and to see Jesus changing lives. I look forward to finding out more about what makes you tick and to learn more about your faith journeys.
I became a Christian at the age of 14 – though a combination of church attendance and listening to a street evangelist and consequently the sharing of faith has always been really important to me. We have the best message in the world – a message of hope and new life because of Jesus Christ – it’s too important to be kept within the church. 1 Peter 3:15 is a key verse for me, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”. I hope to be able to help us all do that in ways that make sense for us personally and corporately.
We are coming up to Easter. The message of a God who would give up his most precious Son to go to the Cross so that we can know a life of abundant forgiveness, hope and transformation – is new each year – it’s a message that changes lives. Jesus is still changing lives today! Who in your family, work or friendship circles needs to hear that message of hope – invite them to church this Easter!
I’m looking forward to meeting you all, getting to know you and journeying in faith together.
In faith and friendship, Louise.