Meet the Vicar
Hello and thank you for visiting our website.
My name is Mark Adams and I am the Vicar of the Beck & Trent Parishes.
I have been here since July 2016 and am enjoying life in the countryside after spending nearly nine years being a Vicar in Mansfield. It is great being part of these communities and I hope that our churches will continue to be a vibrant part of them for many years to come.
If you would like to find out more about what is going on in our churches, if you have questions about the Christian faith or would just like to chat then please get in touch. You can find my details below or if you see me walking around just say hello!
The Latest Newsletter Article comes from Revd Clare Tyack
Counting our blessings
In his poem ‘Adlestrop’, Edward Thomas describes something unexpected that happened on a journey he was making, one hot afternoon in mid-summer. The express train he is travelling on slows and pulls up at a station in the middle of the countryside. All the rushing movement stops. Nobody leaves the train and nobody gets onto it. In the stillness Thomas becomes acutely aware of what is around him in that moment: willow trees, wild flowers, a hayfield; and he hears a blackbird sing and birdsong stretches into the distance.
The impact of lockdown’ will vary hugely, depending on our individual circumstances. For some people — such as the NHS staff and people working from home with children to care for — it may have been an extremely busy and anxious time; for others, perhaps, an oppressive time. But for some it may have felt rather like the scene in the poem — an unexpected pause as the high-speed train of busyness come to a bit of a stop. Early on in the lockdown I discovered a walk that I enjoy and over the weeks it has been amazing to watch Springtime unfolding — a time of discovery. For example I don’t remember really looking at holly blossom before; the scent of May blossom has been amazing and birdsong has been so clear!
The experience has reminded me that the cycle of the seasons has been unfolding year after year but so often I have rushed past with barely a glance. It gives us a picture of God’s faithfulness to his people over the years — that he is always with us ‘always more ready to hear than we to pray’, as the Collect says. Mark reminded us of God’s faithfulness when he spoke about the years of history covered by the incumbents’ board in one of the churches —that God has remained faithful to his people all down the centuries.
One way of keeping grounded in the knowledge of God’s love and faithfulness is to make a point of thanking God for his blessings, day by day. As we look back over each day we can look for those times when God’s hand has guided or protected us or times when God has surprised us with something new.
In June in the Church’s year the season of Trinity begins — a time that can be used for exploring faith and for growing as Jesus’ disciples. Before Jesus finished his earthly ministry he sent his disciples to share the good news and he told them that he would always be with them. He said: ‘And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age’ (Matthew 28 v.20). Through his life and death and resurrection we can know God’s presence with us now, in this particular day; and for the future with all the uncertainties we may have; and that he is with us when we move beyond this life, into eternity.
May God bless you in the moments and discoveries of your days!
Clare Tyack, Retired Priest