From Revd. Kate Lovesey
As we go into Lent*, we have been asked to remain closed by the Diocese and the local Council. We will wait for the 22nd February and the Government briefing to see where we are. Hopefully we will be open not to long after that.
Good news is that the numbers are going in the right direction now and each day sees less infected people. If you haven’t already, go and get your jab organised so we can keep safer when we are back together. Let’s keep praying for all this to be over and for all those affected in anyway by the pandemic, especially those grieving at the moment.
This is an odd year for our Lenten disciplines and so if you want to give something up for Lent this year then be kind in your choice or take something up. Something that you know will be good for you. Reconnect with friends or do something to make your environment nicer to be in. Take up: drawing or playing an instrument; do something you have been meaning to do for a while and haven’t had time to; read ‘War and Peace’ (!) or take up writing a journal. Some of our greatest self-explorations are helped by recording our inner journey. Whatever you do this Lent, be kind to yourself and those around you.
God Bless you and Keep you safe.
* Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 17th February
Saturday 10.10.2020 at 2.00 pm it was a special day in more than just numbers.
I had the honour of being with Keziah Jimoh as she was licensed as a LLM
(Licensed Lay Leader).
The address was given by a young Lay Leader who works to encourage lay leadership across the whole of the Church of England called Carrie Myers. She asked us earlier in the day to think about what sort of plant we would be as we were planted in God’s garden. What would be our characteristics? Bishop Peter Hill told us he was a leek, as it has welsh connections. That’s his context. It is an earthy plant. And we need to be grounded.
I would see myself as a daisy, mainly because they are resilient, tough little flowers. I would see Keziah as an orchid, as her start towards this day has had moments when she hasn’t known where her supporters would be. Losing her first vicar to be replaced by an Interim Minister (me).
But orchids don’t need much soil and are great at taking nutrients from the air by stretching out their roots. She has worked hard in a second language and has succeeded. Well done, Keizah.
I look forward to seeing you grow into your ministry. Thank you to everyone who supported Keziah during her training.
God Bless you.
A prayer for all of us.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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