Peter Huxtable Licensing
On Monday evening 8 March, around 100 people connected through Zoom for the licensing by Bishop Paul of the Revd Canon Peter Huxtable as Mission Associate for Woven St. Martha’s, Broxtowe and the Bishop’s Adviser for Urban and Estates Mission.
Family and friends extending from Nottingham to Dunfermline, Northern Ireland to Canada were able to join together, to support, welcome and pray for Peter. As well as Mission Associate leading the ministry of St. Martha’s, Broxtowe, Peter will also be supporting other churches across the diocese as they seek to further develop mission within estates and more urban contexts.
Having licensed Peter, Bishop Paul reflected that, whilst starting his new ministry in difficult times, Peter might find inspiration from the knowledge that St Martha’s church itself was dedicated on St. Valentine’s day in 1952, a fitting reminder of the call to share the good news of the love of Christ across all communities the church seeks to serve.
St. Martha’s church forms part of the Woven partnership of churches in north Nottingham, and Peter was welcomed by the leader of Woven, Rich Atkinson, on behalf of the Woven family; Rich shared how the community of St Martha’s had prayerfully discerned God calling them into a new season of ministry in Broxtowe and their great sense of joy that Peter had also felt this call to come and join with this God-given vision.
Although just about to speak in a Parliamentary debate, the MP for Nottingham North, Alex Norris, was also able join the licensing and to warmly welcome Peter. Alex acknowledged that the last year had shown the centrality of faith in local communities, as faith had ‘kept the light on people’ during a challenging time and would continue to play a very important part emerging out of the current pandemic.
Peter ended the evening saying how much he looked forward to being able to meet safely once again in person, and to reaching ad encouraging new generations of disciples who could make a positive difference in estate communities across the region.