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St. David’s Church,  Broom Leys

“Out of the believer’s heart shall flow streams of living water”

‘Growing in Christ, living in faith’

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Churchwarden’s Message for March 2020

As I write this letter we are in the second of two winter storms and it is shocking to see the damage that water can do to people's lives and properties, I hope we can pray for those affected by the storms.

March is a month that shares itself with both Winter and Spring and so is a month of change in nature, but also in our lives as it is a busy time for us.

This year we will be in the Lent period for the whole of the month. During the month we will celebrate Mothering Sunday, this was traditionally when you were allowed to leave your place of work and return home to your Mother Church, often picking flowers on the way home as it was the start of Spring. If you returned today to your Mother church where would it be? Mine is sadly no more, along with the house I was born in they have now gone into history. Mothering Sunday has now evolved into being a day to be grateful and showing love to our own mothers.

In early March we will have our Thanksgiving service and pledge our time, talents and treasure – I refer back to Chris' letter in February. Anything that you can give to help keep St David's alive in both our spiritual times and our outreach to others to spread the word of the Lord is appreciated. As is anything you can commit to help with the costs of keeping our church and halls in a good condition for all our spiritual needs and to serve the community is welcomed.

 Later in the month we will prepare for Easter with Experience Easter for our local school children, this is a lovely way of teaching young minds about Easter and if you want to help I am sure this will be welcomed too.

March is an unpredictable month and we could experience lots of different weather events (there is a saying that if March comes in like a Lion it will go out like a Lamb), but it is also a month where we look to new beginnings

When you read this letter then we will be in Lent as we prepare for the promise of the resurrection that Jesus died and was resurrected for the forgiveness of our sins and to give us eternal life.

We will have seen Shrove Tuesday and probably have eaten plenty of pancakes as we use up our 'rich food' and we will have experienced the start of Lent at Ash Wednesday when we are reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return.

During Lent we take time to reflect and seek penance for our sins, lots of people signify the observance of Lent by giving up something. This is to reflect the 40 days and nights Jesus spent in the desert where he fasted and was tempted by Satan. There are always stories of things people have given up from drinking alcohol, not eating chocolate and so on all good for the waistline as a bonus. These are reflections on our modern lifestyle, but think about if you had none of these luxuries what would you give up as a mark of observance of Lent?

Lent leads us to a new beginning, a renewal of our faith and celebration of the resurrection. Also as March closes we also look forward to marking the start of Spring as it takes over from Winter and the new beginning given to us by God of lighter days and the re-emergence of the natural world.

I like these lines from a poem by Christina Rossetti called Spring;

' There is no time like Spring

  When life's alive in everything'

Recently we heard from Matthew's Gospel about being salt and light, as we are renewed by the coming of Easter and the significance of what this time means to Christians then let us try to be the salt and light.

If all had gone to plan then March would have seen us interviewing for our new Vicar. However we are feeling disappointed as the first attempt at advertising only yielded one application. The applicant was looked at by Mary,Chris and the Archdeacon and it was agreed that they were not the right fit for what we need. I am sure you will feel disappointed by the events but we should not feel disheartened. The plan now is to advertise again in April and interview in July as we need to fit in with the Diocesan schedule for recruitment. Let us stay positive and pray for a more fruitful outcome this time and be assured that the right person that God has chosen for us is out there; perhaps the time was not right this time.

So we have things to look forward to, a new Vicar, the arrival of spring and the celebration of the resurrection of Christ and the acknowledgement of the sacrifice for all of us.

Thank you for all your support and prayers, I know both Chris and I could not do what we do without your support. So let us continue to do the good things we do, look after each other and look forward to the good things to come.