Published at 12:57, Wednesday, 09 December 2009
A VERY happy and blessed Christmas to you all.
As a former adopted Barrovian my family and I are celebrating our second Christmas in our new home and new location here in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
It’s a cliché I know, but time really has moved on and contrary to the rumours that were circulating in my old church last Christmas we are very happy, very content and extremely blessed in Newcastle.
Moving in August 2008 after almost 13 years in Barrow was a very unsettling time for us.
In effect we were starting all over again having become established in Barrow, a place we still call home. My friends and supporters in Barrow will be pleased to know that I am in what my wife and I consider the two nicest churches, loving and supportive congregations I have ever come across.
How I wish that all churches congregations were like that.
Although it’s been over a year since I left Barrow I have not entirely been removed from community life there.
I keep in touch with what is happening through the North-West Evening Mail and I continue to write on weighty issues through the letter page.
I also keep in close contact with people from my former parish Ormsgill through Facebook.
At the end of the day you can take a person out of Barrow, but you can’t take Barrow out the person.
It’s a unique place, a wonderful town and I am proud to have started my ministry there after being ordained.
I will always have fond memories of Barrow and its people; they really are the salt of the earth.
A huge thank you to all who have kept in touch and have shown your loyalty and support, it is appreciated.
I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.
FATHER MARK EDWARDS
Former Priest of Barrow (1996-2008 )
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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