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Don't forget Mothering Sunday March 11th 11.00am

A simple service for all the family followed by coffee and cake.

See details of Holy Week Services under Services.

A date for your diary

Friday May 18th 'Sundowners and Sale' 6.00-7.30pm. There will be our usual Raffle, cakes and jams and plants. Refreshments will be of the savoury variety.

There will be a chance to raise a glass to Prince Harry and Megan as the Royal Wedding is the following day.

Church opening.

Should you wish to visit the church for contemplation or to have a look around please contact Tracey Thurgood Buss (01799 523358) who will orgainse for it to be opened for you.

Dear Friends

It is only the March edition of the Parish Magazine, yet with an early Easter this year we find Good Friday marked on this month of our calendar, albeit the penultimate day of the month! Holy week leads up to the Easter weekend and begins with Palm Sunday, the week before, remembering Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Looking forward to the familiar stories of Easter, I find myself considering again the fickleness of the crowd greeting Jesus as he rides on into Jerusalem. This is the Palm Sunday story we remember.

‘Hosanna!’ they cry, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’ Certainly cries of adoration, expectation and hope for what they believed Jesus could bring to them as the expected Messiah they seemed to believe he would be. Yet, it was just a few days later that many of the same people formed another crowd and this time they called ‘Crucify!’ and ‘Away with Him!’ In other parts of the Gospel stories the disciples are portrayed to be just as changeable, with the apostle Peter himself declaring at one moment he is the Messiah and a little while later, just after Jesus’ death, that he didn’t even know him!

The way Jesus lived his live demands a response from us, particularly his teaching and miracles not to mention his death and resurrection. (Perhaps read one of the Gospels again in one sitting to remind you – Mark only takes about an hour). But our response to life does deserve careful consideration too and not just a view point that fits the whim of our local crowd or current popular thinking. Jesus deserves better than that as what is on offer is reconciliation with God, our creator, who loves us and welcomes us just as we are. Lent, as a time of reflection, and Easter, as we journey through the events of Holy week to Jesus’ victory over death, are ideal times to take stock and consider our personal responses. I do hope you are not too busy this Easter to spend time to do just that. Please do join us at one of the events and services for Holy week and Easter detailed elsewhere in the magazine. We would love to welcome you. Of course, if you can’t wait until then, join us in our Mothering Sunday Service, 11 March, mums, dads, children and grandparents – all welcome.

With all good wishes

Revd John Saxon