Letter from the Rector
As we move from winter to spring, time seems to speed up. We instinctively look forward to the summer, the holidays, the end of the football season, the start of the cricket season. As for the Church calendar, Easter marks a time of transition, from a period when we remember the love God has for us in the Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This love is encapsulated in the Gospel of John 3: 16:
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.’
After Easter the church looks forward to Pentecost or Whitsun as it used to be called. Whit Sunday will be celebrated on the 20th May this year.
Between Easter Sunday and Whitsun/Pentecost the Church remembers the period when Jesus walked, talked, taught and shared meals with his disciples for forty days before he ascended to heaven to be at the right side of God his father. The disciples then returned to Jerusalem to await the coming of the ‘Paraclete’, the councillor or the Holy Spirit that Christ promised would come and be with them always. This event happened during the time of the Jewish festival of Pentecost. It was this marvellous event that caused the Christian faith to grow rapidly, even under severe persecution. The Holy Spirit gives everyone the ability to understand and to interact with God, should they choose to accept him and grow and practise the faith.
So ‘Whit’ can mean ‘something small’ it can also mean ‘The capacity for understanding; keen intelligence’ it is the Holy Spirit that gives us that intelligence and it is a wonderful thing to see the growth in the understanding and love of God in the life a person and a community.
Over the next few months our churches will be actively engaging in the nurture and growth of our knowledge and love of Jesus Christ, through prayer, bible studies and developing our vision so we can join God in his preferred future for us.
We would like to invite you all to come and join us.
Revd Mark Orr