From the Rectory - April 2018

Dear Friends ‘It’s true, he’s risen, everything has changed!’ That’s what Kat wrote last month as she told us about Easter. But let’s dig a bit deeper now. What exactly has changed? Lots of things… but let me focus on one. This year I’ve been really struck by the word ‘peace’ in our Easter readings and liturgy. On four occasions when the risen Jesus appears, he says, ‘Peace be with you.’ It could just be a greeting, but he never says this before the resurrection. I was also very struck by these words from a short version of the Exsultet – an Easter song of praise which dates from the earliest centuries of the church: ‘At this sacred time all evil is dispelled, guilt is washed away, and

Annual Church Meeting

Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Sunday 29 April at 12.30 pm at St Mary’s and we will also have a bring-and-share lunch together for the occasion. Please come along to elect people to key roles in church, hear what we are doing and aiming to do at the moment, and ask any questions you may have. If you would like to stand to be a Church warden, Deanery Synod member or PCC member, there are now forms available at the back of church. There’s also a book on being a PCC member in the church library – The PCC Member’s Essential Guide by Mark Tanner, which you are very welcome to borrow. Please get in touch with Richard if you’d like to know more.

Easter Flowers

Thank you very much to everyone who donated towards our Easter flowers this year and to all those who got involved in the arranging at both St Mary’s and St Paul’s – they looked absolutely splendid. If you would like to sponsor a flower arrangement, perhaps in memory of someone, for a Sunday this year, please let me know by phoning 023 8061 7618. Many thanks.

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