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The Rector Writes... 

Well, we certainly can’t get bored with the weather in the UK! At the end of April, within the space of only a few days, we had heavy snow in some parts of the country and then Mediterranean sunshine a few days later!
 
My grass is now getting to machete-height again, and the backs, trunks and tusks of wooly mammoths have been sighted near the fence at the bottom of the garden… so, that must mean it’s spring again! And as spring has sprung it’s almost as if a weight has lifted off our shoulders and the shoulders of the folks we meet. We might love the variety of weather in the UK… but a bit of sun does lift our spirits! And it also “lifts” nature too, as we see the blossom suddenly budding and blooming on the trees, and the flowers open to provide a blaze of colour, where previosly all had been just green.
 
At the beginning of May we’re still in the final weeks of Easter in our Church’s calendar, and when we can actually see the sun rising and spreading its warmth, the fact that the Son has risen and is spreading his warmth somehow feels more real! But what difference does that fact actually make to us?
 
In my report to the Annual Parish Meeting On April 25th I finished with the following words: “As we consider the “Way Forward” for our parish, we are being challenged to consider a Parish Pilgrimage Trail, which we hope will come to fruition in 2018. Despite our folk sometimes feeling stretched, we must continue to keep in the forefront of our minds that we are not just about maintaining the status quo, but especially about reaching out with the Gospel, the “Good News” to the communities we serve. To do that we need everyone using the gifts God has given them both within our individual churches and for the good of the team parish.”
 
Just as spring transforms the world around us and surrounds us with new life, so, if we use the gifts God has given to us, we will see not only our churches and our team, but also our homes, our schools, our places of work and the communities around us transformed by the love of God.
 
And it’s in our hands! God doesn’t force us to use our God given gifts… but do we want to be living in perpetual winter? Or will we play our part in bringing the Son to those whom we meet?
 
kevin for rector writes The Revd Kevin Ashby

 

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