Last week, several
of us got together and gave St Peter's a spring clean, which was both cathartic
and hugely satisfying. We discovered an ancient book giving lists of
various bishops (dating in the 1800s), which is making a fast track to the
Cathedral archives, along with old PCC notes, parish magazines, Christmas
decorations, old photos and several packets of biscuits and cakes that had been
much enjoyed by our church mice! We then filled a trailer to the tip and
made endless runs to the charity shop next door! By the end of the day,
it did rather feel that a new broom had swept through and, in some respects, it
felt like a new season.
Talking of which, a
new season in the church's calendar is soon to begin. June 16th sees
the beginning of our Trinity season, or Ordinary Time, which this takes us
through nineteen weeks of Trinity until we celebrate All Saints' Day on Sunday
3 November. When I walk into church on Trinity Sunday and see the green
altar frontal and furnishings and the green chasuble waiting, it is almost a
sigh 'and breathe' we have arrived. It is an opportunity to take stock
and reflect on the six months that have been, which encompasses much of the
busyness of the church's calendar, as well as thinking and planning ahead; and
of course in the heat of the summer months it is an opportunity to sit back,
relax and to enjoy the present moment.
I always find this
Trinity season gives one the opportunity to sort through things and effectively
to 'spring clean' at many levels. This year it will also be a chance to
reflect upon our Benefice Open Day, as well as going through all the feedback
from the worship audit. Thus, trying to discern God's call for us all to
grow the Kingdom of God both spiritually and numerically as three individual
churches, two parishes and one united benefice; now how Trinitarian is that!
So, I wish you
every blessing this Trinity season. May it be an opportunity for
reflection and growth and for us to discern God's call to grow, both
spiritually and numerically together.
Rev Jo Richards, Rector