Vicar Craig Groocock

It's all in the preparation.

As I write this I notice that I still have paint on my hands! Su and I have been spending every available hour at the vicarage decorating and getting the house ready for our move.  But . . there is light at the end of the tunnel (and it’s not a train coming the other way – I hope!).  Prepar-ation is important and it’s what we all do whether it’s preparing a new home, organising an event or even something far more simple like preparing a meal. Of course you have all been preparing to welcome Su and I amongst you and the wait is almost over. Preparing can, and should be, a positive time even though it can feel daunting and frustrating. During Advent for example we are encouraged to use the season spiritually and prayerfully as we wait and prepare for the coming of the Christ child. Likewise in Lent, preparation is very much a part of our journey as we fast and exercise some form of self-discipline. I hope and pray that this period of waiting has been fruitful for you. It has certainly been so for us as we have been reminded of our need to trust in God, to lean on Him and to accept His call on our lives.

We are looking forward to being with you, living and journeying with you and discovering something more about this great big, amazing God we follow.  In my preparation over recent weeks I have been drawn to Philippians 4.6; ‘ Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanks-giving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God will guard your hearts in Christ Jesus’.  God has called all of us to this next stage. We will feel  excited, joyful, hopeful as well as a little apprehensive too. However, where God calls remember that He also equips. Let us continue to be made ready for all that God has for us and all He will do through us in the months and years ahead.

I look forward to seeing you and meeting you all.                                                        

With every blessings in Christ,       

 Reverend Craig.

 PS  A huge thanks from Su and I to everyone for their welcome, love and hospitality.