Canon Mark Tanner
To all at St Mary's, Radcliffe on Trent & St. Peter and St. Paul, Shelford

Sue and I are absolutely delighted to be joining you in early September. Radcliffe and Shelford have always held a special place in our heart — I recall arriving as Curate with our first son, Jonathan, who was only one at the time. It's a sign of how time has flown that he is now in his thirties! I have to say that God's guidance was clear as we applied for the position. The welcome we received and the thoroughness of the interview process left me with an overwhelming sense of God's guidance and I was thrilled to receive the call from the Archdeacon of Nottingham offering me the position.

Some will, no doubt remember me when I was slim, youthful, energetic and had hair! It is a reminder that we all change, just as churches do and I look forward to getting to know you all, praying with you, leading in worship and bringing encouragement. For the avoidance of doubt, I am still an avid fan of Notts. County Football Club!

I sense that we are arriving at a pivotal and exciting time. Both churches have a rich history and are renowned for their warmth and vitality. The Leadership Team and Churchwardens have been magnificent in the vacancy period and I look forward to working with the team in the days and years that lie ahead.

We shall be sad to leave the Diocese of Winchester where we have made good friends and overseen the completion of a large Church Centre and will leave behind growing and vibrant churches. Then there is absolute excitement at all that God is calling us to—we can hardly wait!

So, as we pray for you, would you please pray for us? We know that without prayer, everything is in vain, with prayer and with God everything is possible, more than we dare imagine, and so I want to end with the amazing prayer of Paul in Ephesians 3: 14-21.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.


Mark & Sue Tanner