I’m writing this in the lull before the storm! We have just had all the fun and games of the Big Day Out & the Sunday Funday, and we are getting ready for the Children’s Holiday Club “Space Academy” for which we have some 80 children booked. In all this activity, it is hard to hold on to Psalm 46 v 10 “Be still & know”.
We are halfway through the Diocese’ 2018 “Year of Prayer” which has followed on from the 2016 “Year of Mercy” and 2017 “Year of the Bible”. In this year we are being called to re-explore our Spiritual lives, to look at new ways of reaching out to God and of God reaching out to us. Cay Towner led a really lovely course on Ignatian Spirituality at Holy Cross; St. Saviour’s is carrying on with the gentle prayer group “Living Stones” and Canon Hugh’s Bible study is going well. In worship, we are continuing to explore different styles of prayerfulness, with a Celtic Evensong for Harvest in Little Horsted on 7th October, not to mention the Pet Service on 16th September where we celebrate God’s loving creation! There will also be the Episcopal Area’s Pilgrimage to Chichester with Bishop Richard on September 15th which will be a powerful symbol of our journey together as a Pilgrim People.
But in all this, we must remember our own personal prayer lives: in the (theoretically!!) quieter time of August maybe we can give ourselves a bit of space just to touch base with God: maybe just sit in the garden for a few minutes, centre yourself and just listen to the sounds around. When we give God space in our lives to move in the depths of the soul, wonderful things can truly happen!
Have a gentle August, before the onslaught of Carnival and a new school year begin…..
P.S. On 18th August, the choir of my old church St. George’s in Newbury are coming for a fund raising concert for us: the theme will be Joy. Holy Cross choir are joining in too – please come and support it!!