Rector's letter

Six months on...

Dear Friends,

It has been an eventful six months and jo and self have enjoyed getting to know many more new friends in the Benefice. At the same time it has been a bit of an upheaval (!) – so many books to move and a whole multitude of boxes to be unpacked. Some young fruit trees from our previous garden have also moved to Foulsham – they are settling in well and it is lovely to see their blossom.

It is also a time of reflection : next month sees the thirty – fifth year of my Priesting. The Church has seen many changes since that sunny June day in Peterborough Cathedral.

One of the joys of recent weeks has been the forming of a Choir. We are a group of nearly twenty singers from the Parishes of Foulsham, Stibbard and Wood Norton. We don’t claim to be semi – professional but we do enjoy ourselves and friendships across the parishes are developing. If you’d like to join us, please let me know.

The end of the month sees Ascension Day – Jesus in Heaven  but still caring for his people. As Charles Wesley’s hymn puts it :-

                                                “Lo the heav’n its lord receives,

                                                  Yet He loves the earth He leaves,

                                                   Though returning to His throne,

                                                   Calls the human race His own”

On Ascension Day there will be a Quiet Day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. I very much hope that you will be able to join us.

Meanwhile, my prayers and good wishes to you all.

Father Michael

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