Letter From The Vicarage

We have a new Vicar.

On Tuesday 4 August, 2020, The Right Reverend Alison White, Bishop of Hull, came to St Laurence’s Church to admit Revd. Tony Hand to the ‘cure of souls’ in the Benefices of Scalby and Hackness with Harwood Dale. It was a cool, windy afternoon with a threat of rain in the air but the church was warm (yes, the heating was on, in August) and just a few clergy and laity arrived, wearing masks and careful not to hug, shake hands or get too near each other as regulations required. Lots more info if you contact Lesley.

From The Reverend Tony Hand

Wise beginnings…

I have just left the traditional end of term meeting for staff of Manor School in York where I was chaplain, which has had to find a new way of doing this in lockdown. ZOOM came to the rescue as it so often has over the past few months.

It was strange to share such an emotional moment that would normally have seen staff gathered in school. For me it meant being surrounded by the boxes that are still to be unpacked, which shout loudly of a new beginning. Practically speaking this is somewhat of a challenge as we take on the task of rehoming everything that it took the tireless team from Bishop’s Move 3 days to pack and deliver safely to our new home here in Scalby. We arrive though, excited, welcomed (thank you to everyone who has contributed to this), hopeful, prayerful and looking forward to sharing with the people of St Laurence Scalby, St Peter Hackness with St Margaret Harwood Dale and the North Scarborough Group Ministry the wonderful things that God has planned for us and invites us to share with him.

In the goodbyes given by staff who were leaving the school and moving on to new roles, they shared some of the hard-won wisdom that brought them blessings through their time there. Wisdom that I am hoping will be of help to me and perhaps to you too, when it comes to our new beginning. This was wisdom from those who know that there is so much that can be learnt from others – after all we already know what we know and think! Staff who found a new beginning and strength to keep on going in a place that puts care for others at the heart of its values. Who discovered that everyone has something to offer and that a community works well when you are encouraged to be a part of it wherever, whenever and in whatever ways are possible.

I don’t think in sharing any of this people were conscious of the place of wisdom in a life of faith. The carefully gathered wisdom and reminder of its place in a faith-filled life found in Proverbs, tells us though how true this is:

Proverbs 4:6-9

Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life; love her—she keeps her eye on you. Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!  Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it; never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious. She’ll garland your life with grace, she’ll festoon your days with beauty.” (From The Message)

So, as we settle in and begin our new life with you, if I am a little quiet – it is to help make sure I begin by listening. Where I can, I will be looking to love, but may need a while to work out how best to do this. And I look forward to discovering how I can get involved, wherever, whenever and in whatever ways are possible for me.

Yours in Christ Jesus

The Reverend Tony Hand