John looks forward to adding to churches' good work
The Rev John Carr was licensed as house for duty assistant priest for the parishes of Carham, Cornhill and Branxton at a service at Cornhill Church on St Aidan's Day, August 31.
In his sermon, the Bishop of Berwick, the Rt Revd Mark Tanner, referred to St Aidan’s practice of going out to meet people, rather than wait for them to come to him.
The bishop made the point that John will be a priest for the whole parish, not just the church, and told him to be sure to be seen in the local pub.
Area dean for Norham Deanery and priest in charge of the three parishes the Rev Rob Kelsey, said that all three churches have grown in various ways – in self-reliance, lay leadership and in engagement with the wider community. John Carr was licensed as assistant priest to add value to the good things that are already happening.
The Archdeacon of Lindisfarne the Ven Peter Robinson said that part of John’s remit was to work with the churches to explore a “fresh expression of church”, which would enable people who don’t already come to church to worship together and grow in the knowledge and love of God in a way that works for them.
Representatives of groups from within and beyond the parishes added words of welcome.