Dear Friends,

This is the time of the year when new lambs are born, daffodils spring up in our gardens, the days get a bit longer and we are required to dust off our lawn mowers for the new season. These are all things that remind us that this time of year is all about new life and help us to look forward to the greatest new life of all – the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I cannot quite believe that it has been almost a year since I began my ministry in Kirkleatham Parish, as I was inducted on the 22nd April 2016. There has been a lot of activity over the year, both for me personally and in the life of the parish. As a parish, over the last year we have been thinking about our priorities and the direction we should be taking – particularly through the Leading Your Church into Growth (LYCIG) process. You may therefore be wondering where we are heading.

On the 28th March, I presented the result of the LYCIG discussions to the PCC outlining where I believe God is calling us as we look to the future. On the 9th April at 10am, we will be joining together at St Hilda’s for our Palm Sunday service. This will be followed by our APCM in the church hall. This is a key meeting in the year as we reflect on our life together over the last 12 months and elect Churchwardens, PCC members and Deanery Synod representatives. As part of that meeting I will also be sharing a vision for the future as we pray and work for growth.

I believe that this is a significant season of new life in the parish and so please join me in prayer as we travel this path together. This Easter, let us not forget that this theme of new life is at the very heart of the gospel:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Matt

April’s Vicar’s Letter