June Letter.

Dear Friends,
A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who helped and joined in with our Holy Week and Easter celebrations, special mention to Cyndie and friend Liz with the ‘donkey’ who, being present at both Everton and Gamlingay Palm Sunday celebrations, came and reminded us of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem in the week before his death. I hope others had a good time and felt drawn in to this re-membering of the history-changing events of that week over two thousand years ago. I hope it wasn’t just me who felt the joy, I had a great time, despite suffering both the cold and the tummy bug that were doing the rounds. Fortunately the timings were such that I made it fine through the services, though Easter week was a bit of a wipe-out afterwards. I wouldn’t have swapped health for services, although it would have been nice to be fully fit.

Another big THANK YOU and WELL DONE to the project team as the Church Roof and project was launched at the end of April. There is a very real possibility of winning a significant Heritage grant as a result of the work being put in by the team. It will be a whole-community success if it is achieved; the work will be well under-way by the time you read this, but it is not too late to join in. The grant will be given not just for fixing a building, but for making that building available to a wider community to engage with the heritage of the building and community of which it is a part. This is such a great and active community we have a wonderful opportunity. But this is not just about the grant, my hope and prayer is that there will be a lasting legacy of connection and activity, and a fund set up for future preservation work on this building that belongs not just to this generation of worshippers but to the whole community now and into the future.

And the point of all this is? That the power within and behind all that is, the nature of God, which is Love, was made human and visible in the person of Jesus and specially gifted to those who were ready to receive it at Pentecost (Whitsun) – the day the Church was born, and which we celebrate this month. That power which we call the Holy Spirit is not coercive, and as St Paul says, ‘bears all things, hopes all things, believes all things, endures all things’.

It is at work continually and in unexpected places, transforming, healing and saving, if we will allow. So, Come Holy Spirit, you are welcome here. Ask me or Adrian if you have questions!

Many blessings Hilary