St John's Church, Chelford
Sunday 6th May
11.00am Worship for All at School
Sunday 13th May
8am BCP Communion
10am Holy Communion
6.30pm Rogation Service at Dingle Bank Farm
Sunday 20th May
10.30am Joint Benefice Holy Communion at St.John's
Sunday 27th May
Sunday 3rd June
11am Worship for All at Chelford School
3pm Joint Benefice Communion at Marthall Church
followed by Afternoon Tea,
This year May is the month of weddings for me. None for ages then three all at once; life is like that isn't it? Not ordered as evenly as we would like as things often happen in clusters.
We would like our work to be regular and manageable but quite often it is too busy and then too slack. In the slack times there is plenty to do but not anything that we necessarily feel like doing! Part of becoming disciplined is to make the most of all the opportunities — for bumper times and for lean times. I'm not sure that I will ever get it right. Without the buzz of deadlines it is easy to let things slip a little and then be faced with a mad panic to get something finished and sent off. It's only after a few rounds of the basic pattern of your work that you begin to get a grip of how to handle it. At least it's like that for me.
The unpredictable nature of life is what often will catch us out. It's important to leave spaces so that we can manage the events or situations that might come along unexpectedly, at least for vicars anyway! All of us face pressures in life whether we are busy or not; pressures can feel heavy or light depending on how much else we are managing too.
It is important to take some time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Particularly right now with spring being well and truly here — a month ago it was looking doubtful! Enjoying the sunshine, the sounds of nature in the garden or on a walk help us to reconnect with God's creation. 'For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come.' Song of Solomon 2.11-12
Rogation is with us and will be celebrated in Lower Withington at Dingle Bank Farm and for Marthall Church at Ash Farm, Ollerton; both on the evening of Sunday 13th May — 6.30pm. Come and join us to celebrate in the open air — a real sign of the season being here!
Revd Gerri Tetzlaff
Village Hall Bar Area
Village Hall Bar Area