Mick PiddRetired Professor
As you can tell from my photo, I’m one of the older members of the Church on the Marsh team. I moved to Lancaster over 40 years ago to work at the University and am now retired. We love the Lancaster area, close to sea and mountains.
“We felt God’s call to be part of planting a new church”
I’ve been an active part of St Thomas’s Church for most of that time, serving God in different ways. However, in 2019, Sally, my wife and I felt God’s call to be part of planting a new church in the Marsh area.
“When I started to read John’s gospel I wasn’t a Christian; when I finished it, I was.”
I came to faith in my teens whilst slowly reading John’s gospel. Some people can give an exact time when they committed their life to Jesus, but I can’t. When I started to read John’s gospel I wasn’t a Christian; when I finished it, I was. That was a long time ago but, since then, it’s hard to imagine life without knowing God’s constant presence, knowing that he still loves me even if I mess up – which I do.
“He still loves me even if I mess up.”
As I’ve grown older I’ve increasingly realised how much God loves me and other people. It’s not because I’m special, but because he chooses to love each of us even when we don’t deserve it. The more I read about Jesus in the gospels, the more I see his love for us, whoever we are and whatever we’ve done.