From the Associate Rector

Dear friends,

We have just completed our annual remembrance of the great drama of Jesus’ passion, crucifixion, and resurrection, leading to the ascension and the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Our services were on-line throughout Lent, but the gradual opening-up of our society has felt like Resurrection to me. I read an article in a newspaper last week talking about the mental health of the nation as we come out of lockdown. When lockdown started, we went through a terribly difficult set of changes as many aspects of lives were taken away. Change is a significant source of stress, and the changes we are going through as lockdown is eased have almost as much potential to cause stress as the changes of March 2020. So be kind to yourselves, and to the people around you. It’s a joy to be able to meet people again, but some people will need more time than others to feel comfortable doing so. The parish clergy are here to support you. If you would like a chat, please contact us.

During Lent this year we ran the Bible Course as a joint venture with St. Martin’s Church in West Acton. It was well-attended, and we sensed a desire among the attendees to study the Bible in more depth. Last month I ran a stand-alone session on Mark’s gospel, and this month The Revd. Julia Palmer from St. Martin’s is offering an evening on the gospel of John on 22nd June. The details of the evening are on our weekly service sheet. It’s open to everyone, not just those who attended the Bible course. If you wish to come, drop me an email or WhatsApp message, and I will send you the Zoom link directly.

Best Wishes,

Dean

 


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