A Letter from our New Rector - April 2017

"He seems like a nice young man, but he has lived in a lot of places" - that was the response of Debbie's grandmother when I was first taken to meet her family, with its suggestion that perhaps having lived in more than one place might make me slightly suspect!

And I have lived in a number of places: I was born in North Lincolnshire, lived in the Middle East twice as a child (in Kuwait and Bahrain), spent most of my childhood in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, moved with my parents to North Tyneside when I was sixteen, since when I have lived in Durham, Worcestershire, Norfolk, Cumbria, and London.

(By contrast, Debbie's family, are dairy farmers in Gloucestershire on both sides and the family on her mother's side have been in the same farmhouse for at least the last four hundred years - so she is not a fan of moving and in particular is looking forward to being able to get some things planted and growing in the garden.)

So, although we are currently very nearly as far away from Knockholt and Halstead as it is possible to get while still being in England, life in the Southeast is not wholly alien to us: Before ordination, I worked as a management accountant in the City and Debbie is a chartered accountant who worked out of Canary Wharf for a decade - so we know what it is like to have to commute to work in London every morning. And the rest of the household? Well, there is Baxter, our black Labrador - when he was just a puppy, we were advised that he would probably never stop being bouncy and energetic; four years later we see the truth in that! There are also Tarquin and Julius, our two cats, who just about tolerate the dog. All three of whom are likely to give you a very warm welcome if you come to see us at the Rectory.

When we get free time, we both enjoy music and singing and have both been part of choirs at various times and I enjoy unwinding by lifting weights at the gym.

We are very much looking forward to becoming part of the communities in Knockholt and Halstead and especially to sharing the joy of knowing Jesus.

As I write this, we are just gearing up to celebrate Easter, which recalls that momentous series of events that forever changed history - letting us know that we really can know God, because of Jesus' death on the cross, and letting us know that there really is hope, because He is alive.

If you've never seen the relevance of Jesus' claims or looked at the evidence in one of the eye-witness accounts, why not have a look for yourself at one of the gospels? And then, after we move in, call round for coffee. I'd love to meet you and chat.

Rev'd Tim Edwards