Dear members and friends of Corby St Andrew’s
Let me introduce myself: my name is Forbes Walker and no prizes for guessing I am from Scotland- but I now live in London. St Andrew’s church has a rich Scottish heritage and I admire that so much. After studying Biochemistry, then Divinity at Glasgow University I served as Assistant Minister in Bearsden before being ordained by the Presbytery of Dumbarton. After almost two years of post-graduate study in USA, I returned to Scotland and parish ministry in Strathaven, (pronounced Stra-ven), famous for its toffee and Harry Lauder!
Since 2000 I have lived in the London area and served as full time school chaplain and teacher (mainly Chemistry but also RS) in three large but quite different schools, all the time being a member of the Church of Scotland’s Presbytery of England which brings me on to my role here in St Andrew’s Corby.
For the time being, I am the Interim Moderator which simply means that I offer the gifts of ministry to you in this time of transition and discernment as we embrace the future of the church. Please do feel free to email me on email@example.com if I can be of any help.
It is an honour for me to be associated with the life and witness of St Andrew’s even as we experience the upheaval, even turmoil which the pandemic has created. This has made the “normal” routine of church life unrecognisable for the time being, but the church, empowered by the Holy Spirit and in the name of Christ, marches on. I look forward in faith, that “all time is in God’s hands”.
Thank you for your openness in welcoming me as your brother and friend In Christ. Let God’s mission be our mission, and together, let us do our very best to be part of that mission, working closely with our friends in St Ninian’s, building up God’s Kingdom here in Corby.
When recollecting the famous Bible story of Moses and the parting of the Red Sea, the prophet Isaiah wrote “This is what the Lord says- he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters- do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wilderness.”
Hearing this, points us to the future. The past is what it is, the past. The future is here. In the midst of all our challenges here in St Andrew’s, God provides a stream to be refreshed. Now that is a good reason for hopefulness.
My warmest wishes,
(Rev Forbes Walker, Interim Moderator)
Let me introduce myself I am a Reader at St Andrew’s Church of Scotland in Corby. At this time we are closed and we are currently in a time of vacancy since our Minister retired at the end of May 2020. Any time a church is without a Minister is a time of uncertainty for everyone which is made worse by the situation we all find ourselves in due to the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown. Therefore as part of the joint Corby Ministry Team between St Andrew’s and St Ninian’s, our sister church, I am taking up the new role as acting Locum for St Andrew’s. As acting Locum my day to day responsibilities will be, alongside working with the congregation, worship, outreach and pastoral care. This will give St Andrew’s the same Ministry structure as St Ninian’s with an Interim Moderator and a Locum. I will continue to work together within the Ministry Team at St Ninian’s to produce the weekly, Sunday Service, on Zoom and You tube, until we can once again join together in worship within the walls of our Church.
God Bless and warm wishes