Rector’s Letter – February 2022

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Rector’s Letter – February 2022

‘Christ Centred – Community led’

Dear Friends,

There are many wonderful quotes from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’ books, but none more familiar than Alice’s question and the Cat’s answer: “‘Cheshire puss’, Alice began, rather timidly as she did not at all know whether it would like the name…. ‘Would you tell please which way I ought to go from here?’  ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to go’, said the Cat.’”

If we look at the world today, we wonder where we’re going, what with ‘omicron’, the economy, ‘Brexit’, ‘climate change’, and with the ongoing political tensions between ‘East’ and ‘West’.  Lent will soon be upon us, and this can be a good time to press the ‘pause’ button in our busy lives and to re-evaluate where we are going and what we are doing. Lent of course conjures up images of fasting from chocolate and sweets, but Lent has often been referred to as a ‘pilgrimage’, or ‘journey’. 

Lent is a great time to get into our spiritual exercise to get more fit for our pilgrimage journey of life.  We also need all the help and support if we are to follow Christ in this world and into the next. How much effort do we put in to planning our holidays and time away? We get the brochures and speak with the travel agent to plan every detail of the holiday. So, it is with Lent, we need to make time for it to get us in better shape to meets the trials and testing of our daily living and how to move forward with renewed hope, love, and peace.  Lent can be transforming.

Why not join up for this year’s interactive visual media Lent course meeting at Rogate School on Wednesdays of Lent (9th March – 6th April) at 7.00pm for a meal and then delve into some really engaging and uplifting film snippets each week that will help re-orient us, even clarify our minds, slow us down, recover from distraction and focus on what really matters, the true values of God’s new way of being. 

Why not give Lent a go!  I look forward to welcoming you to the Lent Course next month.

Yours in Christ,

Edward (Rector)