|Benefice Pastoral Care: Kathy Ogilvie Thompson (23125)
Prayer Chain: Nick Carter (472861)
|Church Services at Froyle in June|
Details of all the services within the Benefice are also found on the church notice boards.
|Altar Rail Kneelers|
|The kit for the kneelers has arrived and been unpacked, and stretched out on a dining room table for inspection. There is room for 3 people to sit and stitch at one time, and the pattern on the canvas looks straightforward. We plan to have a few practice sessions ourselves before opening it up to all, so that we can be sure all the stitches are of the same tension, and that we are all doing the over stitch in the same direction! Once we are happy we know what we are doing, we will choose a day and time for future sessions for any and all to join. Those details will be in the next magazine.|
|The Community Group|
|Rogation Walk, Sunday 21st June 2017|
|Come and join us in walking through all three Parishes of the Benefice
Starting from Holy Cross Binsted at 2.30pm we will walk to St Mary’s Froyle and then on to St Mary’s Bentley to enjoy Tea and cakes at 4.30pm in the Church Hall before the Live@5 service
|For further information please contact
Nick Carter - 472861
or Kathy Ogilvie Thompson - 23125
|This month I’d like to share an alternative to going round in circles, from a homily given by Archbishop Justin Welby at Lambeth Palace for parliamentarians and their staff:
“One of the ways in which I try and keep vaguely sane is by going running. I go round and round the garden, and if you go around the track often enough you get to know every hole in every tree – mostly because you’ve either, in the dark of the morning, run into them or fallen over them.
The dog goes around with me, and as you go round and round you quite often lose count. I have a number of laps I do – I won’t tell you how many because it’s embarrassing – and I find myself thinking, “Is this the third time, or the second time, or the fourth time round…?”
Much of what we do year by year, even in politics, is something that goes round and round in a fairly predictable pattern… the May elections, the recess in the summer, the conference season in the autumn… and here you go around again. (…) But this sense of the cycle that goes round and round is false.
As Christians, we believe in a direction, a journey. A journey that began with God and ends with God, and in which God accompanies us the whole way along the journey. In which there is both a sense of being looked after, but also of being held accountable and responsible. As we go, Christ draws near us and says, “Come with me. Walk this journey in my way.” It’s not an endless cycle of going around: it’s a direction. It will end. It will come to a finish.
I find constantly in this role that I get either slightly blasé and think, “Oh well, God’s in charge so I’ll just keep pottering along,” or alternatively I take on far more responsibility than I should, and I somehow think that it all depends on me.
But Jesus is with us. That gives us both the opportunity to draw near to him, to recognise that he is the ultimate decider of events, of the future – that nothing is so disastrous that he cannot redeem it, and nothing is so final that he cannot bring new life after it. But also to know that he is the one that, day by day, we can turn to in our weakness and our failure, confess and find renewed strength, hope and determination to keep going.”
May we all find that sure sense of direction that the Archbishop describes..