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St Mary & St Michael’s Church, Urswick
URSWICK CHURCH LA12 0TA
URSWICK BELL RINGERS
JOHN 3 : 16
Anyone passing down Church Road in recent weeks may have noticed activity at The Vicarage. I moved to Great Urswick towards the end of January with Husband Ramsay and our children, George (17), Henry (16) and Phoebe (10). We also have a Collie, Reiver, and Buttercup the hamster!
Moving house is, let’s face it, stressful...but the warmth of welcome we’ve had here has also made it a fun experience and we are already feeling settled and full of hope and joy at the prospect of being here for years to come.
Ramsay and I are both from Gosforth in Newcastle and have lived in Cumbria since 2000, for the most part in Kirkby Thore in the Eden Valley, before we moved to Ireby following my ordination.
I was ordained in 2013 after training at Cranmer Hall in Durham. I have served my Curacy in several locations including The Binsey Team, a deeply rural area comprising twelve churches and many more villages over 250sq miles. Latterly I worked at Crosthwaite Church in Keswick until last September, since then I have been taking a study break to complete my MA studies and training in interpersonal mediation. So I am very much looking forward to settling back in to full time parish ministry. With a passion for evangelism, preaching and mission I am struck by the energy, vision and gifts of the churches in Low Furness and can’t wait to be a part of it!
My arrival comes at the start of a busy year ahead; we soon head in to Lent, then in March we have the Moving Mountains mission before we reach Holy Week and Easter by the start of April. I know plans are already well underway and will be pleased to have these opportunities to join in and meet people.
That brings me to reflect on my own priorities as I take up this now role. The first is simply to meet people, as many as possible, within the churches and the wider community. I look forward to meeting people at services and church events but also look forward to calling in to other places, be it toddler groups or craft groups (I enjoy needlefelting and knitting...badly!) Schools work is also important to me and I will be taking assemblies at Low Furness School and getting to know staff, pupils and parents there.
For me, meeting people goes hand in hand with listening. I am keen to listen to the hopes and concerns of our Churches and wider communities so that we can, together, discern God’s calling in all our lives. With the formation of mission communities, the Reach team and God for All strategy we are well resourced to do this in Cumbria. It is an exciting time and I am thrilled to be joining you all on this journey in faith.
So I do hope to meet with you soon. In the meantime, be assured of my prayers as I ask, in St. Paul’s words; ‘Pray also for me…Peace to you brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.’ Eph 6:19,23
Yours in Christ, Lucie Lunn
An introduction by Reverend Lucie Lunn, our new Priest in Charge for ADRU Benefice serving the churches of Aldingham, Dendron, Rampside and Urswick (ADRU)
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