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Reverend McCarthy hopes to bring 'laughter and hope' to St Martin's Church, Shenley
Shenley has welcomed a new vicar into its parish, who hopes to bring “hope, laughter and fun” into the church.
Reverend Daniel McCarthy was installed as the new vicar at St Martin’s Church, London Road, Shenley, in the Aldenham, Radlett and Shenley team, on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old joins the village from a role as a curate at a church in Newcastle and said he is looking forward to meeting his new parishioners.
He said: “I’m excited, I’m raring to go. I’m looking forward to making a positive contribution to this community. Shenley is a lovely village.
“I see a lot of young people with a lot of problems, and I believe through the local church and community, and a love of Jesus Christ, people can live life to the full.
“There’s so much more to life than having a job and a family. I hope to bring lots of laughter, fun and meals to the church and authentic faith.”
His wife of 11 years, Alison, has recently given birth to the couple’s third child, a girl named Calla, and he is looking forward to juggling fatherhood with his new role.
The London Road resident grew up in Essex and studied law at Wolverhampton University and later held down a variety of job roles as a banker, civil servant and youth worker.
Rev McCarthy grew up in a Christian family but said did not feel connected to the church until he was 18-years-old.
He added: “I guess at that age I was searching for the meaning of life and I found hope. Jesus Christ gives hope to everyone – whether they are old or young, rich or poor.
“Before that, the church didn’t mean anything to me. It felt relevant and out of touch and for something with old people with nothing else to do with their time.
“The message I’d like to bring across is that God loves you, no matter who we are. I hope to make an exciting and positive impact in this church.”
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