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The Rector writes... 

People so often take our Churches for granted. Those who visit them or come along to weddings, baptisms and funerals have very little inkling of what goes on not only on a Sunday, but throughout the week. In fact, I often think some of those who are regular attenders don’t really know what goes on either… or how much it costs to “keep the show on the road”!
 
Our churches have always been dependent on volunteers… ever since “day 1” when Jesus called the fishermen away from their daily work with the words “Follow me!”, not “Follow me… and I will pay you the minimum wage, with a pension, a company donkey and health care”! Rather, he promised them hardship and tough times ahead. Not a great job advert, but they followed him… as volunteers!
 
March/April each year we have our individual church annual meetings when we have an opportunity to reflect on what God is doing for us and through us in our Church families… and he is really doing some wonderful things, thanks to those who have responded to his call, “Follow me!”, and are giving their time freely and willingly, even if sometimes it’s tough and we feel unappreciated. On Wednesday, April 25th, we have our Parish Annual Meeting (to which everyone is invited!) when we shall look back over the past year in the life of our Team Parish and look forward to the coming year, and again give thanks for those who give so much of their time and talents in the service of God’s Church in this place.
 
One group of folk I’d like to highlight are those who visit the sick and the housebound. On Sunday, 8th April, in St Mary’s we are commissioning our pastoral visitors and those involved in the Church Contact Scheme. But we also remember that there are many in all our Churches who quietly and thoughtfully pop round to see those who have pastoral needs or just show them a kindness. Thank you to them, not only from myself, but also from all those who benefit from their care and concern. They really are demonstrating what it means to “be Christ in the world”!
 
Just a couple of personal things…
 
Firstly, for those who expected me not to be around after Easter! I was due to take a Sabbatical (three months study leave) this year. However, due to Alyson, my wife, having an operation, I have deferred it until next year… around the same time of year.
 
And, secondly, I have been asked to be Chaplain to the next High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Diana Thompson. Diana has many family links with St Mary’s, Melton, and will be having her service in the Church later in the year. Please do pray for Diana as she takes on her new role on 12th April in St Martin’s House.
 
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The Rector Writes... 
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