A letter from the new Team Vicar

A letter from the Revd Liz Palin

Hello!

First of all thank you to all of those who came to my licensing service at Eastington  on 24th April.  It was good to meet some of you there, and I look forward to meeting more of you over the next few weeks and months.  Thank you to for the warm welcome, and gifts of cake and food that we received when we moved into our new home.  They were very much appreciated.

It was suggested that you might like to know a bit about me, so here goes!

I have spent all my working life working for the church, firstly as a lay person, latterly as a priest.  My lay role was a ministry of hospitality working in retreat houses.  Retreat houses as some of you know are places offering  programmes of teaching and prayer, both residentially and non-residentially, as well as offering their conference facilities to wider groups across the community.  It was whilst working in the retreat centre in the Carlisle diocese, in the beautiful village of Rydal that I met my husband Simon and where we were married and had our two daughters (now both grown up and away at university).

We have lived in some beautiful places during our married life, including a village just outside Evesham, and half way up Harp Hill on the outskirts of Cheltenham.  We are therefore looking forward to exploring more of this beautiful part of Gloucestershire.

I was ordained in 2011, and have worked in the North Cheltenham team ministry, a team of four parishes, and five churches.  I had particular oversight of the two village churches, but worked across all the parishes including four schools. It was a joy to see how the village churches grew as part of a team, particularly to see the increase in families attending new services, built on a culture of invitation. – which brings us back full circle to that ministry of hospitality!

As Christians we are each called to invite others to ‘come and see’ what Christ is doing in our lives, and I look forward to sharing in mission together across all 15 parishes in our team.

Liz Palin