We (Lee and Liz) have made steady progress in unpacking the many hundreds of boxes in our new home at Curbar in Derbyshire. We arrived in rain which soon turned to sleet and then hail – it was white all over by the time the removal men left. But then the sun shone as we unpacked! It revealed a very beautiful part of God’s kingdom with Curbar Edge as a magnificent backdrop to the house (but it’s not quite yet as beautiful as God’s own county of Yorkshire). The name of the area in which we live offers us great encouragement though – it is called the Hope Valley!
We have been overwhelmed with your many messages, cards and gifts since we arrived here and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your support and prayer has been invaluable. The messages and prayers have made the transition much easier but we are still missing our friends in Ilkley so much. Please do keep in touch, as we will with you – it means an awful lot.
Lee starts his now job as Diocesan Church Growth Officer on the 30th April and would particularly value your prayers to do this in God’s strength. Initially Lee will be going round the southern part of the diocese getting to know the clergy and finding out what growth strategies they already have in place and what growth strategies they need support with.
Liz would value your prayers in securing a new job as quickly as possible.
Megan continues to live in Ilkley during the week (many thanks to her very kind host as well as the many others who offered to put her up). She will probably be home with us at weekends.
As we have been praying for you over the past few days we have continued to gain a sense that God’s vision for growth for All Saints’ will come to fruition. God is graceful and what He promises He will always come good on. Hallelujah.
We will always welcome anyone who is in the area so do please come visit. You can still follow Lee’s blog and also his Twitter too if you like.