Hello to you all.
As I write this I am coming to the end of my last week of training at Queens Foundation. By the time you read it I will have moved house, been away on my pre-ordination retreat, been ordained deacon at Worcester Cathedral and joined you at St. Godwald’s. It is a time of profound change for me and for my family: my husband Phil, Asher who is 17 and just taking his AS levels, and Nathanael who is 7. We are leaving the church in Studley where we have been part of the fellowship and lay ministry for the past ten years and beginning a whole new phase of our lives.
Read more: Letter from our Curate
Some thoughts on the new Guide Promise
This month sees the introduction of a new Promise that girls who join the Girl Guide Movement will be asked to make, in an attempt to make the Guiding movement ‘truly inclusive and relevant to the reality of 21st century Britain.’ In the new promise all mention of God has been taken out and replaced with a promise to ‘be true to myself and develop my beliefs.’
Read more: The New Guide Promise
I can spend a long time browsing through the selections of birthday cards available in our shops looking for a suitable one for a particular friend or family member. They can be very entertaining! I remember one I’ve seen recently with a picture of a little dog looking up hopefully in anticipation no doubt of a treat, with a caption that read “Blessed are those who expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed.” I think this was supposed to warn the recipient that they wouldn’t be getting a present as well as a card!
Read more: Pastoral Letter August 2013
When I think back to earlier life and what June meant to me I think of long, hot, sunny days, exams, Wimbledon and strawberries. Nowadays there are no more exams for me thankfully; Wimbledon continues but the weather is unpredictable - perhaps it always was. Traditionally, part of the strawberry's appeal was that its short, six-week season, from early June until mid-August, coincides with the brief, long-awaited British summer. These days, however, the British strawberry season extends from mid-April until mid-December, thanks to the increased use of plastic polytunnels to create optimum growing conditions for many more weeks, and strawberries are imported from abroad all through the year.
Read more: Pastoral Letter June 2013