The Vicar writes...

Dear Friends,

Whilst training for the ministry at Durham I met a priest from Uganda who said that on his first visit to the UK he thought all our trees with their lack of leaves had died. It was after somebody explained about our seasons that spring and indeed the whole Easter story of new life took on a totally new meaning for him when the trees appeared to come back to life with their new leaves.

Well, spring is fast approaching and after the last two winters we are thankful that (so far) the ice and snow have been kept at bay and only the rain and wind have been a problem. In the church’s year we shall begin our season of Lent on Ash Wednesday - 22nd February with a service at 7:30 in the evening at St. Michael's. The name 'Lent' comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘Lengten’ which is what they called the Spring season because that's when the days start to lengthen.

This year we shall again use the 40 days of Lent as a time to reflect on Jesus' period in the wilderness and what it teaches us about our own journey of life and its wilderness periods and temptations. To help us in this we are having a series of Tuesday night services when paintings about Jesus’ ' temptations and the events of Holy Week will be shared and discussed. There is a very rich catalogue of religious paintings and it is surprising what new angles and insights a deeper look at a painting can bring our way.

Do join us at these Tuesday services - 7:30pm for 8:00pm and at regular worship, and let us all use the 40 day period of Lent to deepen our faith and be transformed into the likeness of Jesus.

With best regards

Glenn



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