Our Minister is the Reverend Peter Hibberts and he joined us in the September of 2016. He was a school teacher before joining the ministry and still loves to work with families and schools as well as folk of all ages!
He is married to Katie and has four children: Ellie (11), Olivia (8), Joseph (4) and Daisy (1)
You can contact him directly by email or by telephone (01636 812166)
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Minister's Monthly Message
I’m told by those that know more about psychology and sociology than me that we are all mirrors at times. It makes sense to me, especially as a parent of young children. I see many of my own character traits in my children – sometimes worryingly so!
Developmental psychologists will tell us that children learn by mimicking and mirroring the caregiver’s characteristics and behaviour. This is particularly poignant for me when my daughter loses her temper and hits her brother. My reaction is sometimes to get cross with her and possibly even shout, I’m far from perfect! When things calm down I realise that I’ve just modelled to her that when things don’t go your way, you can throw your weight around, lose your temper and that will assert your dominance and get your way. Of course it’s easy to see that with hindsight and harder to react differently when you’re cross!
I think we also mirror others. I particularly see this in my driving. I love to let people out and enjoy giving people a right of way when perhaps the right of way is mine, however, when someone gets pushy with me and tries to force their way I find myself digging in and mirroring their driving – it’s not a good combination!
The challenge, for us, in making a positive impact on the world, is to be the ones who bring something new and different into these situations – something that is positive and refreshing. According to Genesis, in the Bible, we are all created in the image of God. In considering ourselves as made in the image of God, we can view ourselves as able to bring that image of God into all of our situations. Perhaps in doing so we can mirror God to the world? Valuing all as God does, loving all as God does and bringing love.
When Jesus walked the earth, he told us that we had seen the God the father because we had seen him (Jesus, God the son) it’s found in John’s gospel chapter 14 and verse 7. When we look at the life of Jesus reported in the Bible we see a hugely transformative character who changed the world for the positive, and forever. Jesus did this by mirroring God the father.
I’d like to be one who spends time reflecting on the beauty of Jesus, in the Bible and in my own personal walk with him – so much so that I can reflect Jesus to the world rather than the world back at itself. Who knows, perhaps I’ll be able to resist the road-rage temptation and maybe even help my daughter control her temper as God helps me control mine.
If we are indeed mirrors, the question is, what (or even who) do we want to reflect?
FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION AND PREVIOUS MONTHLY MESSAGES HEAD TO THE MINISTER'S BLOG 'BEYOND REASON 315'.