Monthly Newsletter

Dear Friends,

As I look out on our garden at home, which currently is sadly in need of more than a little TLC, I am reminded how much change goes on almost unnoticed.  It is not more than a few weeks ago when the ground was covered in snow and the temperatures were not often above freezing.  But here we are at the beginning of summer; the spring bulbs have finished flowering and the summer flowers are showing through.  The first cut of the lawn has been completed a little later than normal because of the wet weather and now a combination of warmth and moisture is making the grass grow at an alarming rate.  The BBC’s Springwatch programme has been asking if we have seen the house martins and heard the cuckoo yet, as they seem to have delayed their arrival because of the cold weather.  These natural phenomena we seem to take rather for granted, but what of the seasons of the Spirit?  Do we see these changes taking place in our lives and the lives of those around us, or do we take these things for granted too?

The seasons celebrated in the church provide us with opportunities to change our lives and the lives of those around us.  After the glory of the resurrection, we entered a period of waiting and prayer heralded by the Ascension of Jesus as he returned to his Father.  This reflective time should have helped us to build up to the great event at Pentecost when we could let our hair down and overcome our traditional British inhibitions.  What a wonderful celebration of Pentecost this turned out to be with the colourful displays in our churches.  This gave us a great opportunity to acknowledge the new enthusiasm of the Holy Spirit working within us and step out into a new way of building up the kingdom here on earth; here in Binstead, Havenstreet and Wootton.  There are many challenges ahead, but we are not alone.  It is our responsibility to ensure that we can hand over a Christ-centred community to the next generation for them to continue to build the kingdom for the future.

May God bless you all in your own particular endeavours.