From the Rector

Dear friends,

 

At last, it is beginning to feel at least like Spring and that Summer is around the corner.  The Rectory garden is awash with tulips, the remainder of the daffodils and wild flowers.  I am beginning to get it ready for my annual Garden Party which this year will be on Sunday, 1st July and marks 25 years since I was ordained.  What a day to remember that was with family, friends and fellow ordinands in the splendour of Ely Cathedral.  We will hold a special joint Eucharist at St Mary’s at 10.30 on the day with all ages together and the Garden Party will follow from 1pm.

Meanwhile, the Easter season continues as we journey into May, culminating with Ascension Day on 10th May (marked with services of Holy Communion at St Mary’s at 11am and at All Saints at 7.30pm) and Pentecost on Sunday 20 May with services at both churches marking the coming of the Holy Spirit.  The period between Ascension and Pentecost is traditionally a special time of prayer, known as ‘Novena’, nine days of prayer.  This also coincides with the Archbishops’ national prayer initiative called Thy Kingdom Come.  We will be making extra prayer resources available so that you can keep the Novena, wherever life takes you during those days.  Do also think about joining us for Morning Prayer during this period (Monday to Thursday 9.30am) and, indeed, downloading the Church of England’s excellent Daily Prayer App which you can find here - https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-in-daily-prayer and use wherever you can find an internet connection.

As I write, we have held our annual parish meetings, appointing church officers and PCC members.  I am delighted, in particular, that we now have two churchwardens, Yvonne Kisiedu and Mary Lendor, one from each of our churches.  They will be “sworn in” at a special service at Holy Cross, Greenford (UB6 9NJ) on Monday 14th May at 7.30pm.  Please do come along to support them if you are able.

Pentecost itself, Sunday 20th May, also coincides with the Circle the City walk, the annual fundraiser for Christian Aid which we take part in.  We head off to central London for the walk straight after the 10.30am services, meeting at St Mary’s.  If you are not able to walk (and even if you are!), please be generous with your sponsorship.

Peeking into June, we have our Patronal Festival on Sunday 3rd. This is the day the church commemorates the Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth (her cousin).  This will be a special joint service with our curate Mary preaching and I will be running a session for the Junior Church. Following the service, we are hosting a Newcomers’ Reception for all those of you who have joined our congregations in the last couple of years or so.  This is a chance to meet people and to learn more about the life of our parish.  We hope to reinstate this as a more regular event going forward. 

So, there’s a busy time ahead in the life of our parish.  Yet, I constantly remind myself that how we are is so much more important than what we do.  At the heart this is the practice of our faith which shapes the person we are in our daily lives.  In the last few months, I have taken up Yoga and Mindfulness.  Both focus on sustaining a good ‘practice’ that enables us to be better people, not only in a class but on our own.  Both allow freedom to develop your own practice as best suits you (and your body!). It’s my prayer that the worship we share in together as a Christian community, together with the events we organise, will help you develop your own practice as a spiritual person and a person of faith.

With all my love,

Nick

 


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