This Sunday there will be one service in each of the churches in our Parish, something for everyone. Join us!
Save the date! 25th May is Ascension Day and we are celebrating with a service at St Paul’s, Four Elms. If the weather is fine it will be outside in the new area where there are distant views. If wet/cold it will be in the church. All followed by refreshments!
Easter – a time of excitement, promise and hope. Everywhere you turn there are signs of Spring, of new creation – new birth and new beginnings. The Easter egg symbolises new life, but also it is a reminder of the sealed tomb from where Jesus rose to a new life – a resurrected and transformed life. There are so many Easter traditions and games associated with eggs – egg hunts, egg rolling, egg colouring (with dyes and paints), and a new one for me – egg ‘jarping’, where contestants tap each other’s egg until one breaks. A good hit was called a ‘dunch’ – then the eggs were eaten – heaven for chocoholics!
Games like this can help us to recall that our Christian faith hinges on the reality of the Resurrection. Faith isn’t about facts and historical accuracy, it is about trust even when the evidence doesn’t seem to stack up. So, as we say on Easter morning “Christ is Risen. Alleluia!” it is a reminder that though the tomb in which Jesus was laid was laid was forbidding, cold and dark, this is not the end of the story – it is the beginning of a new story – a story of transformation, and it reminds us that nothing, not even death itself is out of the reach of God’s love and compassion and transformation.
Here is a very brief extract from a poem by J Crum ‘Love is come again’, a prayer reflecting on this transformation, something that is still necessary in the world of today:
When our hearts are wintry, grieving or in pain,
Thy touch may call us back to life again.
Throughout the Easter season there is so much happening on our Parishes (details in the centre pages), and I look forward to welcoming you whenever you can join us – even 6am on Easter morning is quite an experience! We greet the first light and go on to enjoy breakfast together.
I wish you a very happy and blessed Easter.
Priest in Charge
We look forward to seeing you at St Paul’s, Four Elms this Sunday 11am. There will be an Inspired Children Club, so that parents can join the main service and the little ones will be creating a nice present for mum!
As Lent commences today we invite you all for our Imposition of Ashes service at St Paul’s Four Elms at 18:30pm.