As I sit in my study this morning. I am looking out on the sunshine bathing the trees and the early morning dew weighing heavily on the grass. Autumn is here and the Winter season is on its way. Change is inevitable and with it comes an adjustment to our lives.
Seasons bring blessings and challenges. I hope we will really look after each other in our communities and not just get on with our own lives.
This month we spend time remembering. We remember loved ones who are no longer with us and give thanks for their lives. I hope you will join us for a service of remembrance and thanksgiving on the 1st November at St
Mary’s Church at midday followed by a soup lunch. We then join together on the 10th November for our Service of Remembrance at both our Parish Churches in Hartfield and Coleman’s Hatch. The service commences at 10:45am with the roll of honour and 2 minutes silence taking place in church. I hope you will join us.
Sadly, this will be my final service of the year until January as I am having much needed surgery on my hip. It means I won’t be with you for the Christmas Services but preparation is already underway and I will be leaving you in good hands. I will be back at work in January. I would appreciate your patience over those six weeks in the Parishes. If you require information or have an emergency, please contact my Churchwardens who will be liaising with the appropriate people at both churches. Kathy Green 01892 770208 & Linda Graham 01892 770487.
The Christmas services will be advertised in the Chronicle, on the
websites* and in our Church Christmas Card which you will all receive. We look forward to welcoming everyone. You will probably see me around the village getting myself fit again for the New Year ahead. I am facing more surgery next year but we don’t know when that will be. However, my prayers for all of you will continue as we work together in partnership to build up our communities in love and care for each other.
With every blessing.
*www.hartfieldchurch.org & www.colemanshatchchurch.org