At last I have arrived in Frodsham after what seems like a long wait – since finding out last November that I was to be stationed here in the Chester and Delamere Forest Circuit.
So far life has been quite eventful – I moved some boxes on moving in day and have now got a prolapsed disc and a trapped sciatic nerve (see photo of a walk along the Whitegate Way with me on crutches!!). My Mum Janet (57) was also found in my first working week to have suffered a fairly major stroke about ten days earlier, which means she can no longer read or understand anything written, or even simple
In the midst of this, much building work has been carried out to the Manse to help Mum to be able to live on the ground floor – the builders and decorators have been at the Manse until well past the middle of September – and there is still some work to complete yet. I’ll be relieved when it’s all completed, but am very grateful for all the ways in which the Circuit and churches have helped and supported me through this transition from Bristol.
I am very excited to be here at last. I feel very strongly that God has called me to be in this place for this time – and I do trust that He will use me in the most effective ways for His purposes. That means I need to look to see what is happening in the churches (it will take me some time to get round to all the activities so I do beg your patience with me), and try to work out how best to support what is happening, and to help move us on together to continue to work for God into the future.
It will also be a challenge for me to find ways of using the particular gifts God has given me – including leading Quiet Days and Teaching/Reflective Weekends (particularly in the Ignatian Tradition) – to help hopefully to develop our spirituality together. So please feel free to ask me to help lead things like this, and together I pray we will grow in faith and confidence and love. I know one thing for certain as I begin…I cannot do it all, and I cannot do it alone. Will you join with me in reaching those who are searching and seeking in our midst, and in each of us taking seriously our discipleship and mission before God, and encouraging each other in it?
With Christian love and best wishes,
Reverend Denise Harding
Written by the Minister & Members