The latest Pastoral Letter


As I write, we have just entered a new year, a new decade, and many people are asking, ‘Where do we go from here? Where will we go? What will we do? What will happen to us? How will Brexit affect us? How secure is my job? How will I feed the family? How can I stay safe in this pandemic?’ Not many concerns then!! Maybe, by the time you read this, the COVID vaccination programme will be well under way.

A new year is like a blank sheet of paper - the story and events are yet to unfold. Life is very uncertain re the economy, our health. There are many concerns about church reorganisation in this benefice and deanery, but also across the nation as a whole.

The social structures which have anchored us have been removed as a result of the pandemic. We have been denied the human contact and fellowship we’ve so long for. We can’t wait to see and hug our children, grandchildren and friends. People of faith or none are looking for an anchor. Many feel anxious, depressed and deprived, in need of someone to lift their burden, to offer hope. Many struggle to see light at the end of the tunnel. But, Christ is our light, Christ is our hope, Christ is our anchor. Peter (I Peter 5v7) writes, ‘Cast all your care upon him (Christ) for he cares for you.’

In World War II (1939) King George VI quoted from Minnie Haskins poem, ‘The Gate of the Year’:

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:

‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’

 And he replied:

‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.

That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.

So I went forth, and finding the hand of God, trod gladly into the night.

May each one of us be able to do just that.

Pat Harris LLM






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