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)
A welcome from our Minister
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Minister's Monthly Message
This September saw my eldest child start Secondary School and my only son start school, properly, for the first time. Fortunately they are both adventurous and fiercely independent. My daughter has shopped on line for all her back to school supplies and scoured the lists to ensure that everything she needs is in hand. My son, as a four year old, isn’t in that place but is ready in many ways - he’s been for a few days a week since Easter and has all the uniform and is very familiar with the setting. Actually, neither of them are really entering new territory - almost all of the experiences they will have are familiar in one form or another but they can somehow seem much more daunting because the perception for both of them is that this is something new and potentially scary.
I wonder what new territory you may be facing at present. Perhaps it’s a new job, a house move, a change in family circumstances or something like a retirement.
There are times in scripture where we read about the Bible characters approaching new territory. One of my favourite places that I read this is in stories that surround the Exodus (the Israelites being saved from slavery on Egypt and entering the promised land). The first instance that comes to mind is when the Israelites, having just escaped slavery, approach the promised land for the first time. Moses sends spies to scout out the land that God has told them will be theirs and the reports that return are mostly negative. Some spies report that the land, ‘flows with milk and honey’ but also that ’the people who live in the land are strong, and the towns are fortified and very large’. One translation suggests that the inhabitants are giants and that they made them look like grasshoppers! What follows is a forty year wander in the wilderness whilst all those who had previous faced the opportunity of entering that land pass away - a whole generation passes by!
The second encounter is when Joshua leads the Israelites (after Moses himself has passed away) back to face the promised land. Joshua (sometimes translated as Hoshea) was one of the original spies, but his and Caleb’s had been very different to the rest of the spies. Instead they came back reporting that despite the inhabitants being formidable and the cities seemingly insurmountable, God could bring them victory. It was these that God chose to lead the Israelites into victory and the manner of the victory is incredible! The most famous moment is when the heavily fortified city of Jericho crumbles before the Israelites simply by them shouting at it - its a victory that is not attributed to the might of the Israelites but the power of God.
We can approach new territory focussed on what difficulties they bring, or we can approach them believing what is possible (no matter how improbable!)
I know a God who has wonderful plans for each one of us - plans to prosper us and not to harm us (as it says in Jeremiah chapter 29 and verse 11 of the Bible). If you face difficultly in new territory (or even in your daily grind) then know that God loves you and wants the best for you. If you need someone to walk alongside you in this, I’d be happy to pray with you, you need only get in touch.
Rev. P. Hibberts
FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION AND PREVIOUS MONTHLY MESSAGES HEAD TO THE MINISTER'S BLOG 'BEYOND REASON 315'.