Rector’s Letter April 2019

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Benefice Safeguarding Officer: Rita Harrison-Roach is the Benefice Safeguarding Officer for Rogate with Terwick and Trotton with Chithurst Benefice. or Rita can be contacted on: (01730 818339)


Rector’s Letter – April 2019

‘Christ Centred – Community led’

Dear Friends,

We live at a time of many great and amazing discoveries and achievements, yet there is much anxiety and stress in many spheres of our personal and public lives, ‘Brexit’ and ‘terror attacks’ for instance. Life has often greeted us with a mixture of joys and sorrows and yet it is often in times of mixed emotions and uncertainty that the presence of Christ seems more visible to us.

Easter is a time for remembering that God loves us unconditionally and a timely reminder that with God all things are possible and that there is always hope. This was brought home to me when a dad of a three year girl who was getting so excited about Easter asked her what Easter was all about – she thought for a moment and said, ‘Surprise’! I think Easter is the greatest surprise of our lives. We have Saviour in Jesus who goes to the Cross and comes through death for us, rises to new life and makes for us a new order, a new creation, a new beginning, a way of living, loving and forgiving.

The Risen Jesus now awaits us on many occasions, in all our joys and sorrows. He is in the world, in the faces that love us, and in those who need our love and service and those who need forgiving. Jesus remains the Hope of all. You never know when He will ‘surprise’ you! Keep calm and believe in the Easter Hope. ‘Do not fear’, says Jesus ‘for I am with you always’. Alleluia!

May God’s Easter blessing be with you, your family and your loved ones, and may you know the true joy of the Easter Hope for all.

I look forward welcoming you to our Holy Week and Easter Services throughout the Benefice.

Yours in Christ,

Edward, Tara, Luke and Isabella

PS It was good to welcome Archdeacon Fiona and Bishop Martin to Rogate last month. Many of you will have received my Rogate Church Appeal letter, and I hope you can help in any way possible. Every little helps! As many of you will know, Patrick Le Pla stands down as Treasurer of Rogate Church at the end of April, after serving faithfully in this position for just over 20 years. I would like to personally thank Patrick for all his energy and time given to this role and in so many innumerable ways to our Church and community. There will be an opportunity to give thanks to him at the APCM on Sunday 28th April at Trotton (see more details further in magazine).  

PPS A big thank you to all who have responded so far to my appeal letter and to all who have worked so hard in spring cleaning the Churches for Easter-tide!