Service - Welcome to New Life
in the Spirit - Birth
in the Spirit - Fruit
- Wind and Fire
in the Spirit - Gifts
denotes communion will be held as part
of the worship service
for 12:00 noon
16th and 30th
Half Term - 31st
- Christian Aid Tea
- Ann Roberts
Church is Born
Aid Week - 13th to 19th May
This year's theme is: Together we are stronger
than the storm, and follows the experiences
of one family as they recover from hurricane
Matthew, which struck Haiti in 2016.
As well as highlighting the need for continued
support long after disasters have fallen out
of the news cycle, the Week continues Christian
Aid's long standing campaign on Climate Change,
and the way it has a disproportionate effect
on the poorest communities.
As usual, we will be holding the door to door
collection in the village, as well as a coffee
morning on Friday (18th) from 10 to midday.
There will also be a Fellowship evening frugal
meal on Thursday (17th) from 7 (see below for
Please come and support us where you can.
Fellowship Evening - Thursday 17th at 7pm
This is the Meeting delayed from last March
because of the snow! Held as part of Christian
Aid Week, the feasting will be frugal (bread
and cheese with fruit to follow), but hopefully
it will also help us to get to know one another
better. As part of this, two or three of us
will give a short slide show of who we are (I
emphasise short!), but I would also ask all
who are coming to let me have a picture of yourselves
as babies/young children by the Wednesday evening
- this will be for a 'Guess the adult' display.
Hope to see you all there.
May - such a month of anticipation between
Spring & Summer!
Birdsong every morning and next will be
the cuckoos. Bluebells everywhere, make
sure you visit the local bluebell woods
to see them at their very best! In our
gardens the wonderful fragrances of 'mock
orange' and honeysuckle, followed by the
early roses opening up. The magnolias
are wonderful this year, and soon will
follow cherry blossom and lilacs. So much
to look forward to after such a long winter.
Longer evenings allow you to get out into
the garden in the evenings, either to
sit and enjoy or do a bit of light weeding.
Herbaceous borders will be starting to
grow well now and may need support of
the taller plants. Plant out dahlia tubers
now, but remember to water these during
dry spells. It is also a good time to
lay a lawn using turf, as it will take
quickly, but let it settle for a week
or two before mowing (even on a high blade).
Still be wary of frost until the end of
May though, especially when hardening
off plants grown in the greenhouse.
Happy gardening, enjoy all your efforts
Easter and Pentecost - the three great Christian
festivals that punctuate the church calendar.
Between them they tell the background of
the story of Jesus and his Church - of his
coming as the promised Messiah of God, of
his crucifixion and resurrection that proved
that God's love was greater even than death,
and of the coming of the promised Other
Councillor who would empower the Church
to tell the Good News of this life, death
This month we celebrate the festival of
Pentecost - a festival we could call the
birthday of the Church. For it was at that
Pentecost long ago that Peter changed from
a man frightened of his own shadow - or
at least running away from a young serving
girl who declared he was a friend of Jesus,
to one ready to stand before a crowd of
thousands and declare his allegiance to
his crucified King - in defiance of both
the Roman and Jewish authorities.
And still the Spirit is at work in the Church
and the life of each individual Christian.
As Jesus had promised, it is the Spirit
who reminds us of the things of Christ,
and who helps us apply those things to the
ever changing world. As Paul wrote in his
letter to the Corinthian Church, it is the
Spirit who empowers the Church, as each
individual works with his/her fellow believers,
giving the insight and wisdom that is needed
for each circumstance faced.
This month we celebrate Pentecost, and remember
that every Christian is a Pentecostal Christian
- not because we hold a particular understanding
of Church governance, not because we have
a particular understanding of the gifts
of the Spirit; but because it is by the
Spirit alone that we can understand and
respond to what Christ has done for us,
and it is by the Spirit alone that we can
live the life to which he calls us.
So let us pray that the wind of the Spirit
will fill our sails and blow us where he
wills. We may not know where that wind will
take us, but we trust the One who will guide
us - any more than Peter expected to be
admitting Gentiles or travelling to Rome.
But we know we can trust the One who will
guide and protect us along the way - wherever
that way may be.