26th August 2018

Today at our ‘bring ‘n’ share’ lunch, we say goodbye and thank you to Tony our organist who leaves to take up a new job opportunity on the Isle of Man. At the same time, we say thank you to Mandy for her 18 years of leading our Sunday school, King’s Lions. Not brought anything with you, never mind, just join us anyway.

This week has included a lot of the usual stuff such as my weekly visit to West Parade police station as one of the volunteer Police Chaplains, the never-ending admin including work on GDPR and safeguarding, trying to sort hall bookings and so forth.

What was a little unusual this week, was my walk around the parish with PCSO Pete. Not many will know that Pete was one of the very first people I spoke to even before I lived in the parish. On a quick visit to Lincoln and to see what the parish was like before to applying to be incumbent, I bumped into Pete as I had just started walking along Carholme Road. I remember asking him about bike crime, amongst other things, and what it was like to live & work in the West End. I did not know at that point he was governor to St Faith’s Infants and that I would be on the governor’s committee alongside him for a couple of years, or else I would have asked him about that too. Pete is a regular visitor to St Faith’s when on his rounds as a PCSO & has been a great support to us whilst experiencing our problems with anti-social behaviour. Early on, I asked him if I could join him on his walk around the parish, and finally virtually 3 years later, this Thursday we made it happen, when I spent the morning with him.

It was a lovely day, which gave us a great chance to stop & speak to people as we walked around. As you can imagine we had a few raised eyebrows & some fun comments as people where trying to work out who was keeping whom on the right track! It was great to get an insight into Pete’s working day. Having been in the West End for many years, he has got to know a lot of people & built up a good relationship with people- young & old. I am very grateful for this snapshot of seeing the parish from a different perspective & gaining a greater insight into just how valuable it is to have Pete & our other PCSOs on the streets. Please keep them in your prayers

Have a good week, God bless, Rev’d Julie