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The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 18th October 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 18th October 2020

 

 Sunday 18th October 2020:  Saint Luke’s Day

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby, Belinda Forbes and Derek Barker.
  • Zoom services continue throughout the week, including today, 11am.
  • Next week, the service will be Holy Communion at Barrowden Church with Zoom at 11am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.30am. Compline will be suspended until Advent when it will be held on Sundays at 6pm starting 29th
  • Next Sunday, 25th October, the clocks go back at 2am.
  • Stop Press! The Rev’d Dr. Carys Walsh is coming to Barrowden Church at 2pm on 12 November to talk about the poet R.S.Thomas – the subject of her new book which is also a literary guide through Advent. Copies of the book will be on sale on the day, priced £12.99. Please let Kay Bagshaw (01572 748797) know if you wish to come. Please wear a face mask.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Our Church is open 10-4 daily. The flower arrangements are still looking fantastic!

 

The Foodbank tubs will be collected on Wednesday morning this week and there is still space for a few more offerings. Thank you.         

 

MEDITATION

Wherever we look at the moment there seems to be chaos. “Chaos” means “a state of total confusion with no order” according to the Cambridge dictionary. There is dissension amongst politicians, businesses are in jeopardy and people are fearful of the future. To add to all that the nights will soon be longer and there is the winter looming. It appears to be a very bleak outlook. And it can be if we let it!

 

We can be overwhelmed by the situation in which we find ourselves and it is perhaps the uncertainty which is the most frightening aspect of our present circumstances. We are not keen on change and we certainly don’t like being unable to plan and make decisions which we know will be honoured at the right time. One of the areas which I am studiously ignoring is Christmas. What will it be like? We don’t know and will have to wait, another thing which we are often not very good at!

 

So what is there that can ease the overwhelming problems? There are all the clichés which are trotted out but which are not of any great help. But there are sights around us which defeat the chaos. I have watched in awe the tree outside my window come into bud, flower, berries redden and now the leaves falling. And the seasons will be around next year in due time.

 

Even if everything changes there is one sure constant. The hymn states, “Thou, whose almighty word, chaos and darkness heard and took their flight.” God knows the chaos and darkness which exists and weeps with us in the hours of loneliness and uncertainty and is there for each one of us if we take him at his word. The prayer I gave in September but which is still so relevant.

 

Prayer: Walk with us, Lord, as we journey through the darkness of uncertainty. May we find light and joy and love to guide us in your path. Amen.  

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 11th October 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 11th October 2020

 

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.
Sunday 11th October 2020: Trinity XVIII

• Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby,
Belinda Forbes and Derek Barker.
• Zoom services continue throughout the week, including today, 11am direct from South
Luffenham Church (via wellandfossebenefice@gmail.com). Please bring a symbol of your
own harvest with you, either to the church or to the Zoom screen.
• Next week, the service will be at Tixover Church, 9.30am and then Zoom at 11am.
• From 16 October, Zoom Morning Prayer will be limited to Mondays and Wednesdays at
8.30am. From the same date, Compline will be suspended until Advent when it will be held
on Sundays at 6pm starting 29th November.
• Stop Press! The Rev’d Dr. Carys Walsh is coming to Barrowden Church at 2pm on 12
November to talk about the poet R.S.Thomas – the subject of her new book which is also a
literary guide through Advent. Copies of the book will be on sale on the day, priced £12.99.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM: Our flowers arrangers have been busy decorating the Church for harvest (I have
included a picture of just one to whet your appetite!) Why not pop in during the week to

 

                                                                          

 

 

This Week’s Meditation. Waiting

As individuals, we spend a decent part of our lives waiting. We wait for entry into shops, news of the
latest grandchild, our test results. But this weekend, the whole nation is waiting – waiting to find out
if the lockdown will affect us all. We don’t find ourselves in this position very often and this waiting,
longing comes upon us whether we are rich or poor, young or old; whether we live in the north, the
south or the midlands. We’re in it together,
Waiting is all about ‘not having’. We wait for the new garment to arrive in the post, the salary to
register in the bank statement or the opportunity for a hair-cut. We are waiting for something or
someone which will bring us closer to fulfilment but this weekend, in Rutland, we have freedom to
do almost what we like. We are waiting to see if we are about to lose that freedom!
This threat of lockdown will help us realize what we still have. There is currently much reflection in
the nation upon the precious things that we still have and faith is one of those elements essential to
life. Yet, we still wait. As Christians, we do not ‘possess’ God. If we think we do, it makes us look
very silly and unattractive. What we do wait for is a greater understanding of God and further
opportunities to put the teaching of Christ into action.
This weekend, we celebrate the hard-won harvest. (Don’t forget to bring your harvest symbol to the
11am Zoom Service!). It’s an opportunity to reflect upon God’s generosity to us. In this part of
Rutland, life is teeming with examples of the glory of God! Just outside my study window is a
clematis with a delicate light-purple flower still surviving the cooling climate. It’s God’s badge,
forged through the activities of clever horticulturalists no doubt. It reminds me of the presence of
God but God masked in nature. I long to see more evidence of His presence but that clematis – and
the church just beyond the wall – allows me to celebrate His presence in the here and now, with
waiting still in my heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 4th October 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 4th October 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 4th October 2020:  Trinity XVII

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Barry Broughton, Ann Hensby, Graham Robinson, Belinda Forbes and Derek Barker.
  • Zoom services continue throughout the week, including today, 11am (via wellandfossebenefice@gmail.com). From 16 October, Zoom Morning Prayer will be limited to Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.30am. From the same date, Compline will be suspended until Advent when it will be held on Sundays at 6pm starting 29th
  • Today we continue our gradual return to church with worship at Duddington, 9.30am (Holy Communion), followed by the Zoom service at 11am. Next week, worship is at South Luffenham (Harvest) at 11am, including the Zoom Service.
  • We shall celebrate Harvest Festival next week on Zoom (11am) with the good folk of South Luffenham. Please bring with you to the Zoom Service some element of your own harvest to show to us all: our longest runner bean, a jar of dahlias, a bottle of home-made wine, your most recent poem or sketch?

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

There will be a service in Church at 11am on Sunday 11th October with a harvest theme. Janet has kindly made some jams and pickles which will be available at the back of Church – donations to Church funds (so remember to bring your purse!).  Immediately after the service on 11th October will be our AGMs. We are looking for new members of the PCC. After many years of faithful service as our secretary Alan is heading off to pastures new so we need a new secretary. If you think you could help please get in touch – sally@saltlane.com.

 

 

This Week’s Meditation:    Daddy Long-Legs

You won’t have failed to notice the huge increase in Daddy long-Legs during this summer and autumn. Tipula Paludosa are very common this year due to the warm summer, we are told. They are not dangerous. They tickle our faces when we least expect it. They play an important part in the food-chain by eating some smaller undesirable pests and offer themselves for food to the birds. We don’t much like them in the house but it’s very difficult to keep them out.

 

They remind us – in their irritating way – that we too are part of the natural world and indeed one of its worst predators. With this pandemic which we are enduring has come the realization that our relationship with nature has been violated – by us, – if the source of the virus is to be found in the wet markets of Wuhan.  Humankind seems to have gone overboard with the Genesis command to have ‘dominion’ over the sea, the air, the cattle and all living creatures.  We have interpreted our dominion in terms of power: to rule, tread (as in a wine press), trample or stamp. Even our gardens, beautiful as they may be, now seem to be an extension of the house: sanitized at every point.  No wonder we have seen off those species which traditionally belonged to our homes: the barn owl, the house martin, the hedge sparrow.

 

Surely we can exercise a stewardship of nature in a more sympathetic way? Perhaps one of the positive things to come out of this pandemic is to re-value nature and our part in it. There is a big agenda here for those who worship the Lord of Creation.  Perhaps we in the 21st century will pay homage to St. Francis in quite a different and more practical way to those who idolized him in the 19th century.

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 27th September 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 27th September 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 27th September 2020:  Trinity XVl

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Barry Broughton, Betty Tyler, Graham Robinson, Belinda Forbes and Derek Barker.
  • Pray too for Simon and Carys as they begin a new part of their life after Simon’s ordination on Saturday.
  • Today we continue our gradual return to church with worship at 30 at Morcott followed by Zoom service at 11am.
  • Next week 9.30am service is at Duddington followed by Zoom service at 11am.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Church is open for quiet time or private prayer every day from 10am to 4pm.

 

This Week’s Meditation:

One of the readings for this week is from Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. Paul spent much of his time travelling to various places after his conversion to tell others about Christ. Our travelling days have been somewhat curtailed recently and cruise ships are in dock with skeleton staff to do the maintenance. Under normal circumstances travelling can be very luxurious, with more mod cons than at home! Now driving into Stamford seems like a huge adventure!

But in Paul’s day travelling was very hazardous and he writes “I have been in three shipwrecks and once I spent twenty-four hours in the water. In my many travels I have been in danger from floods…there have been dangers in the cities, dangers in the wilds, dangers on the high seas..” (2 Corinthians ch 11 v 25ff) It makes us wonder how they managed to go anywhere!

 

Often the cliché about life being like a journey is used and following that premise it appears that, at the moment, we are facing dangers as we travel along. There is much talk of the effects of the pandemic on our mental health because of the different way of life we must adapt to and the path ahead often seems fraught with problems. There is fear and uncertainty as the situation escalates again. Paul found his courage in following his Lord and we too can have that assurance.

 

Prayer: Walk with us, Lord, as we journey through the darkness of uncertainty. May we find light and joy and love to guide us in your path. Amen.  

 

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 20th September 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 20th September 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 20th September 2020:  Trinity XV

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Barry Broughton, Betty Tyler, Graham Robinson, Belinda Forbes and Derek Barker.
  • Pray too for the soul of Edward Ellis who died last week
  • Zoom services continue throughout the week, including today, 11am (via sialey@aol.com).
  • Today we continue our gradual return to church with worship at at Tixover, 9.30am (Holy Communion), followed by the Zoom service at 11am. Next week, worship is at Morcott, 9.30am followed by Zoom at 11am
  • Pray too for Simon Aley who is made Deacon on Saturday 26 September for service at Oakham Parish Church.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Thank you for continuing to donate to the Foodbank.

Our Church is open from 10-4 every day.

This Week’s Meditation:

I have written about change and uncertainty before, but it seems that everything is in a state of flux at the moment. Last night the North east of England was put under further restrictions to their lives so no more meetings with grandchildren. This morning, Lancashire has been given the news of partial lockdown again and some of the places near to us have already suffered under those restrictions. There is mention of further national curbs.

Many are becoming weary and dispirited and simply want normality and the usual routine of their lives. There have been some good points; we have become more aware of what is happening in the natural world, listening to the birds, seeing the bees in a flower, appreciating the movement of the seasons. We have also welcomed new friends whom we would perhaps never have met had it not been for the help given and the walks round our beautiful villages.

People often wish that they knew what was going to happen in the future but I’m sure we would just waste time worrying about it and how we could avoid it! One thing I have learnt (often the hard way!) is that if we look back on life there is generally a reason why events happened in the way they did but we did not know it at the time. There is a certainty in life which comes from trusting in Christ to lead us. As the hymn states. “Everything changes but God changes not.”

Prayer: Lord, in all the uncertainty of life, give us your assurance of compassion and love. Amen.

 

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 6th September 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 6th September 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 6th September 2020:  Trinity XIII

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Barry Broughton, Betty Tyler, Graham Robinson, and Derek Barker.
  • Zoom services continue throughout the week, including today, 10am (via sialey@aol.com). The following Sunday (13th) Zoom will move to the later time of 11am to allow for greater flexibility in returning to church.
  • Today we continue our gradual return to church with worship at South Luffenham, 11am and next week at Barrowden, 11am., incorporating the Zoom congregation.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Our Church is open every day from 10am-4pm for private prayer or quiet time. 

 

OUR SHOPPING LIST:

 

 

·         Coffee

·         Dried potato (smash type)

·         Jam

·         Small bags of sugar (Due to the weight of items people have to carry)

·         Tinned potatoes

·         Small sponge puddings

·         UHT Juice

·         Tins of Custard

·         Shaving gel

·         washing up liquid

·         Non- Bio washing capsules (For families with young children)

·         Toilet rolls

This Week’s Meditation:

St. Matthew wrote his gospel towards the end of the first century AD.  Church life was already becoming established and the congregations would be quite small, rather like our own small rural church congregations.  They would meet in a private house or somewhere secretive, like the catacombs in Rome for fear of both Romans and Jews.

 

In our gospel for today (Matthew 18.15 – 20) the issue of church discipline is raised so clearly the Christian community was quite well established and there had been some issues with behaviour.  Nothing changes!  Well, quite a lot changes actually – especially in the area of human behaviour.  We ourselves get quite upset when church members appear to behave badly for we are supposed to be setting a godly example. It is said that we choose our friends but we don’t choose our family.  That goes for church life too.  We are Christ’s family and we don’t choose one another so there are bound to be some irritations if not serious moral or legal issues.  It is perhaps easier among families for someone to have a quiet word with another member of the family if things appear to be going wrong.  That after all is the way we bring up our children.  How much more difficult is it to have a frank word with someone who is not a family member!  And if they are a church member?  Are we too polite to say something?

 

Yes, behaviour, values, expectations do change and our attitudes are very different to those expected by St. Matthew’s congregations but there are certain issues which are still clearly counter to expected Christian behaviour.  How do we deal with them in our village or even in ourselves?  Do we have enough courage to speak out? And if we do, how do we say it?  That is the critical point which could issue in lasting peace or growing irritation. We need the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Let us pray for that.

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 30th August 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 30th August 2020

SUNDAY 3OTH AUGUST 2020

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Barry Broughton, Betty Tyler, Graham Robinson, Catherine Tanser, and Derek Barker.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We pray also for all those returning to school this week, that they may do so safely.
  • Zoom services continue throughout the week, including Sunday, 10am (via sialey@aol.com) but today we continue our gradual return to church with worship at Barrowden, 11am and next week at South Luffenham. Face masks are obligatory.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM

Our Church is open for quiet time every day from 10am – 4pm.

Next Sunday, 6th September, we have a service in Church at 11am. It would be helpful, but not essential, to let us know if you are intending to come to the service – please email sally@saltlane.com or phone 01780 729515. 

The Foodbank boxes will be collected on Wednesday morning this week – we still have space for a few more donations!

MEDITATION

When a friend took her children to learn to swim she found that they could keep their feet on the bottom of the pool. From the side it looked as if they were swimming but in fact were simply walking along the bottom. She took them to a different pool where there was a deep end and they had to use their legs as well as their arms!

The children had to learn to take their feet off the bottom and strike out into the unknown depths! Life is very much like that at times; we need to take steps into the unknown and it is often very difficult to do as we have found recently in the current circumstances.

I’m sure that many of you have been to training courses where one of the ‘games’ is the Trust Game; someone stands behind you and you have to fall backwards and trust that they will catch you. Not a game I was ever very happy with as either the one being caught or the catcher!

But life is about stepping out into the unknown. None of us know what the future holds either for us as individuals or the world as a whole. Sometimes we think it would be better if we did know the future but it would just give us even more to worry about! There is help for us if we accept it. Jesus will help us as we take our feet off the bottom of the pool and he will catch us when we fall. He has promised to be with us always.

Prayer

Dear God, we do not know where you are leading us but trust that you will catch us when we fall and love us always. Amen.

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 16th August 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 16th August 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 16th August 2020:  Trinity X

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Barry Broughton, Betty Tyler, Graham Robinson, Catherine Tanser, and Derek Barker.                                                                                                                    We pray also for all those who put their lives in danger to serve others suffering from Coronavirus and for those who have lost their jobs in the crisis.
  • Zoom services continue throughout the week, including Sunday, 10am (via sialey@aol.com) but today we continue our gradual return to church with worship at Tixover, 11am and next week at Morcott. Face masks are obligatory.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM

Our Church is open every day from 10am to 4pm for quiet time or private prayer.

MORCOTT

23 August ‘live’ church is at Morcott

 

THIS WEEK’S MEDITATION:

In amongst all the tragedies of the last few months, those ill and dying from Covid19, those caught up in the explosion in Beirut and this week the train derailment in Stonehaven there have been some remarkable stories of wonderful things happening. Some of those with the severest form of the virus have made great recoveries; there were far fewer people on the train than normal because people were working from home. Our hearts were warmed with the vision of the nurse in Beirut who took three blood spattered babies from their incubators, carried them through dark corridors away from the devastation and eventually reunited them with their mother.

 

Are these miracles? The definition of a miracle is, according to the Cambridge dictionary: “an unusual and mysterious event that is thought to have been caused by a god because it does not follow the usual laws of nature: a very lucky event that is surprising and unexpected : an unusual and mysterious event that is thought to have been caused by God”.

 

During the last few weeks we have been looking at some of the miracles of Jesus: the feeding of the 5000, the blind man healed; the centurion’s daughter healed. Do miracles happen today? I think they do and if we think of our own lives there will be times when something completely unexpected has happened which cannot be explained except through the grace of God. Perhaps we don’t see them because we don’t look for them or put them down to coincidence. Often we may pray for a miracle so let us be open to seeing it.

 

May the miracle of the presence of God touch our hearts.

In the name of Christ, who still works his miracles. Amen.

 

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 2nd August 2020:  Trinity VIII

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Bishop John and his wife and Janette Saunders (all with Coronavirus), Barry Broughton, Betty Tyler, Graham Robinson, Catherine Tanser, and Derek Barker.
  • Pray too for those who have died, giving thanks especially for the life of David Bagshaw.
  • We pray also for all those who put their lives in danger to serve others suffering from Coronavirus and for those who have lost their jobs in the crisis.
  • Zoom services continue throughout the week, including Sunday, 10am (via sialey@aol.com) but today we continue our gradual return to church with worship at South Luffenham, 11am and next week at Duddington when face masks will be obligatory.
  • Zoom bible studies in St. Mark’s Gospel will continue on Tuesday 4 August at 7.30pm.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM

The church is open for private prayer every day 10am to 4pm.

The foodbank tubs will be collected on Wednesday morning this week – thank you to anyone who has already made a contribution.

The RCC Coffee Van will be in the carpark of The Boot on Monday 3rd August 10.45-12.30. Get a free drink and take it across to the village hall for a chat!

MORCOTT

The church will open 10am-4pm each Sunday for private prayer. 

 

THIS WEEK’S MEDITATION:

Who would be a Prime Minister, especially in this pandemic! He can’t do right for wrong.  In the last 72 hours, huge changes have been announced to protect the country even though those in Spain will be annoyed, to say nothing of the Muslims in the North-West, about to celebrate Eid together. Rudderless?  Based on the science? Such are the reactions to our present course through the pandemic. But the pandemic itself has swept away so much of what we rely upon: routines, jobs, income, friendships – even the lives of loved ones.  Our Prime minister, exuberant as always, will have had cause to consider the foundations of his own life as he lay in his hospital bed whilst others did for him what he would not himself do.

 

Where then can we look for security? Houses, friends, investments in the end will all be swept away.

Adherents to the major faiths have always stated their reliance upon God, their rock. When all else is stripped away, what is left?  Some might answer, ‘nothing’, ‘oblivion’. I can’t go that far simply because the glory and intricacy of this life as we know it must have some intelligent force behind it – a force with a purpose.  For Christians, that purpose is to live with and depend on the knowledge of God.

 

During this pandemic, many of us have been praying the late night Office of Compline.  One of its regular psalms is Psalm 91 which stresses dependence upon God. ”Thou are my hope and my stronghold. My God, in him will I trust.” Not a bad thought to carry off to bed with!

 

God expresses his concern for us in many ways: though politicians, scientists, family and so many others upon which our daily lives depend.  But these are stripped away as we pass through life. Happy the person who can develop that dependence upon God along-side all these other securities! They will fade but God remains our rock.

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 26th July 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 26th July 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 26th July 2020:  Trinity VII

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Bishop John and his wife and Janette Saunders (all with Coronavirus), Barry Broughton, Betty Tyler, Graham Robinson, Catherine Tanser, David Bradshaw and Derek Barker.
  • We pray also for all those who put their lives in danger to serve others suffering from Coronavirus and for those who have lost their jobs in the crisis.
  • Zoom services continue throughout the week, including Sunday, 10am (via sialey@aol.com) but today we begin a gradual return to church with worship in Barrowden Church at 11am and next week (2nd August) at South Luffenham, 11am.
  • “5 More Steps to Kick-start Prayer”  Go to the benefice website: wellandfosse.org
  • Zoom bible studies in St. Mark’s Gospel will continue on Tuesday 28 July at 7.30pm.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM

Church is open for private prayer every day from 10am – 4pm.

There will be a service at South Luffenham next Sunday – 2nd August at 11am (not the usual 9.30am).

MORCOTT

The church will open 10am-4pm each Sunday for private prayer. 

 

MEDITATION:

I am not the best organised person and consequently spend (waste?) a great deal of time looking for things that never seem to be in the right place. Generally the thing I am looking for is something simple like a birthday card that I know I bought ages ago or a favourite mug. But sometimes the thing is really important, such as the insurance policies or a bill which needs paying.

You know what it’s like. You begin looking in the obvious places, then the maybe- places and eventually anywhere with a rising degree of panic. And so much time has passed but the sense of relief when it is found is almost overwhelming.

Many people find that they are unhappy with the way of life they live and want something more and better. During the lockdown situation many found themselves taking stock of their lives and wondering if indeed there was more than they had previously thought was sufficient. Many spend time searching within their hearts.

Jesus told stories about searching for the greatest treasure and then giving up everything to attain it. The first disciples left their families, homes and jobs to follow Christ because they believed they had found in him the deepest meaning for life and union with God. Many were persecuted and gave up their lives. What would we give up to follow Jesus?

Prayer: Help us to search for you, O Lord, and to follow you wherever you take us. Amen.

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens