Rector's letter - March 2020

Dear Friends,

What a strange winter we’ve had, weather-wise. As we watched appalling scenes of the bush fires in Australia, with the effects going right across New South Wales and Victoria, we seemed to be having slightly abnormal winter weather here. One Monday in February, the day started bright and sunny, if cold. Suddenly, in the afternoon, we were subjected firstly to a hail-storm and then about three inches of snow, which quickly disappeared, despite a threatening sky. That was the farewell from Storm Ciara, quickly followed by her brother Dennis! Climate change – or climate emergency – is a phenomenon we clearly cannot ignore.

As Winter turns to Spring, my heart rejoices, seeing the spring flowers pushing their way up through the warming soil and I eagerly wait for the flowers that will come.

The Church season we are now in – Lent – seems to be going in the opposite direction. At Candlemas (2nd February), we turned our backs, finally, on Christmas and the Babe born in Bethlehem, and started to face towards the Cross that we meet powerfully on Good Friday (10th April). We do that knowing that new Life will come again at Easter, when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and all the promises of new life that He brings to us.

My New Year’s resolution this year is to turn my attention to my garden – for my pleasure – but also to improve its potential to attract wildlife and birds. And, perhaps, to do my little bit to improve the environment around me.

Easter Day falls on 12th April – all will be welcome to the services in our churches to join the celebration.

With my prayers and best wishes,

Revd Sally

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