Jesus Church Troutbeck

In line with Church of England and Government Advice
all services in our churches will be suspended until further notice and our churches will remain locked.

A final ‘From the Curate’s Pen’

 Then the Lord answered me and said:
Write the vision;
    make it plain on tablets,
    so that a runner may read it.
For there is still a vision for the appointed time;
    it speaks of the end, and does not lie.
If it seems to tarry, wait for it;
    it will surely come, it will not delay. Hab 2:2-3

 One of the things that the present pandemic has been teaching us is the art of waiting: waiting indoors in isolation, waiting in line at 2m spacing at the supermarket, and waiting for this situation to end so that we can all get back to normal.  In an age designed to ‘take the waiting out of wanting’, I suspect that waiting has not been easy for any of us.

 Of course, I find myself in that same space.  Since being called to serve as Priest-in-Charge in the Parish of Stanmer-with-Falmer – way back in October –  it has been quite frustrating to find the way south blocked: first by four months  of medical treatment, and then as a result of the lockdown

 But, God willing, we now hope to be able to swap sweeping mountains for sloshing seas! Kah Foon and I are planning to head south on 6 July to begin a new life and ministry at St Laurence parish church in Falmer.

 Like an airport departure hall, this presents a bitter sweet moment.  Kah Foon and I have so enjoyed our time among you.  On a holiday visit, in the year before we came, I remarked that I’d ‘give my eye teeth’ to minister in such a place.  Thankfully, my teeth remain in situ, despite the dream being fulfilled!  So we want to say a big thank you: thank you for letting me learn the ropes; and thank you for forgiving me when I got them muddled up; but most of all, thank you for sharing your lives with us in the most beautiful of places.

 The verse above has been helpful.  It speaks of having a vision for the future.  I wonder what future you imagine for Jesus Church and St Mary’s?  Already, in mymind’s eye, I’m looking to see what Falmer will bring, especially as – like here – we will probably have to worship both online and offline.  Yet, despite these challenges, there are many opportunities, and these verses remind us that God has plans: he has a vision of the future for us, for the ‘rain shelters’ we worship in, and for his people.  And as we wait, God waits with us.  

 Every blessing as you discern God’s will and map your way with renewed vision towards a new future within the South Lakes Mission Community.

 Jonathan and Kah Foon