New Horncastle rector is geared up for challenge

The Bishop of Lincoln Christopher Lowson , Horncastle's new rector Charles Patrick and Archdeacon Tim Barker

The Bishop of Lincoln Christopher Lowson , Horncastle's new rector Charles Patrick and Archdeacon Tim Barker

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Don’t be surprised if the new Rector of Horncastle, the Rev Charles Patrick, gets on his bike to communicate with parishioners.

He lists cycling among a lengthy list of hobbies and interests.

Rev Patrick, who has arrives in Horncastle after more than a decade at the helm in Middle Rasen, is gearing up for a challenge.

He’s well aware the size of congregations is falling across the country.

However, he is ready to put families - and particularly young people - at the heart of his efforts.

Rev Patrick said: “The number of people attending church has declined and I am particularly keen to involve the whole community - and younger people.

“I am looking forward to engaging with local schools - the primary school, St Lawrence School and the two senior schools.

“There is work to be done but I am ready for the challenge.”

Rev Patrick is a family man. He is married to wife Linda and the couple have three children - Martin, Ian and Claire.

He has extensive experience in Lincolnshire.

He was curate at Barton on Humber from 1992-96 and moved to become team vicar at Grimsby St James, also serving as Rural Dean.

He took over at Middle Rasen in 2003 and officially started work at Horncastle last Friday.

His induction service was conducted by the Bishop of Lincoln.

Rev Patrick said: “I’ve had a very warm welcome and I’m delighted to be in Horncastle.

“It’s a place I already know fairly well and I’m looking forward to getting out and meeting people.

“There is a strong community spirit in the town.

“I have a very good ‘team’ at St Mary’s which is a beautiful building.

“It is central to the whole town and can be used by different organisations and societies.

“We can really bring the community into church - and the church into the community.

“I’m sure that with God’s will, we can all look forward to a very positive future.”