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A letter from our new vicar, Rev'd Neil Short

'New Beginnings'

It will come as no surprise when I tell you that Vicars have been known to make mistakes. For example, the third wedding I ever took, I forgot the vows. It was only after I had married the couple, and the bridegroom was kissing the bride that I discovered my mistake. So I inserted the vows at that point in the service. Amazingly nobody seemed to notice; however I did hear the bride’s mother say, “I have never seen the service arranged in that way before!”

I have always valued the opportunity to change parishes, because it’s a great way, to leave behind our mistakes and to have the opportunity of a brand new start.

The fact is that we all make mistakes, and we all need the chance for a new start. So it’s good news that the Bible encourages us with the following spiritual truth.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

The amazing fact is that God is far more forgiving of our mistakes than we are ourselves. So if he’s prepared to give you a new start today, I encourage you to take hold of it with both hands and with a clean heart.