Monthly Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Autumn is a time of harvest. Harvest brings to mind the reaping of the abundant fruits of God’s creation:  ripe apples and pears, golden wheat fields ready for harvesters, extra large courgettes (or as in America: squash), rose hips, raspberries, grapes, even pumpkins!   It all seems to be so enticing to all the senses:  the fresh chill in the air, the glorious colours of the leaves, the changing sound of the birds calling, the smell of cut fields, freshly baked breads and apples cooking for pies and chutneys.   

Autumn also brings the rain and floods.   Across the globe, the changing weather brought on by the season and climate change has been very damaging.  People’s homes and lives have been destroyed. Extreme weather including hurricanes, flooding, mud slides and earthquakes have taken their toll on life and living. 

In contrast to this, we have received a bountiful harvest this year and every reason to be thankful to God for our harvest.   In grateful response to all that we have received, Jesus teaches us to reach out to others in need both home and abroad by sharing our gifts and blessings.

‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;  for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ (Mt 25.34-36)

In this way, we demonstrate our love of God and neighbour. 

All blessings,