Clergy Message for July & August 2019

Dear Friends,

‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens’. Ecclesiastes 3.1.

Summer time - it can be a time of great fun but also a time of great stress. It’s a time of beauty when gardens burst into full colour, but weeds grow very fast. Lawns need mowing, so that you can sit out with a book and cup of tea.

It is a time when the birds are around in abundance, in a multitude of sizes, shapes and colours. The fledgling chicks get their first view of the world and test out their wings and fly, feeding on the many grubs around. It is a time of great natural activity.

It’s a time too for relaxation and holidays, a time to be with family. But summer can also be a time of stress: bored children wanting to be entertained or needing to be looked after while parents work. It’s a time when grandparents get the opportunity to enjoy time with the grandchildren and be able to spoil them! But this can also be hard, when money is short, knowing how to entertain the family, as many attractions these days are very expensive. However, here in church in August we have a weekly holiday club on a Wednesday, 2.30 – 5.30pm. It is a time of lots of laughter, games, messy crafts, story time and food. This year we will be journeying to Egypt and meeting a man called Moses. All children are welcome, along with their parents or other family members. There is a small charge to help with the cost of the food.

There is also a time for those of us who are older and enjoy a chat, coffee and cake on the first and third Wednesdays at our 10.30am coffee mornings. A good time to catch up with our friends and to invite others to come.

Food always plays a big part in the summer time, with the smell of B-B-Qs wafting on the air, family picnics in the park or on the beach. During July (21st) and August (18th) on the third Sunday afternoon of the month we have afternoon tea at 4pm in the hall. A time to enjoy each other’s company and to bring along a friend.

Time goes by and as one gets older it seems to go faster. Ecclesiastes 3 talks about times in our life. As a church we have had the loss of two of our friends, Marion and Rita, and many other loved ones have passed too. Some people have moved and have needed to throw away things. Some have things which have had to be mended and changed.

Life is full of change, and time does not make that easier. As a Church we are looking at changing the floor in the autumn, which means a change of place of worship, using the hall instead of the church building. It will be very different for us all, but it is an amazing opportunity to invite people into the welcoming space of the hall to meet and worship with us. It is exciting and has so many opportunities for us, and this is coming from a person who does not like change.

It is also a time of uncertainty in this land, with unrest about what will happen next. Let us use this time to pray for God’s will for our land, and peace among everyone, whatever our views. Let us try to view our situation with God’s eyes and use the time to honour Him.

With very best wishes,

Rev. Mo