Last week at Chebsey we started our journey through Harvest with a reminder of how connected we are, as humans, to the Land. We reflected on how this connection is not only a physical but also a spiritual connection. So we acknowledge we are of course dependent upon the Land for our physical needs .. without care and attention to the 6 inches of soil into which we plant our seeds we will not survive as humans. We suggested we have perhaps lost this connection in the western world where delivery drivers and shelf stackers seem more important than fine weather and farm workers. But the problem is far more than physical for us humans .. we have both a physical and spiritual need for connection to the land and the provision of food. There is something in the link between us and nature which reveals our createdness and our Creator and nourishes our souls.Continue reading “Harvest 2”
This morning we start our Harvest season in the church. And I think it is really important to celebrate the agricultural year in the Church. Not least because our human connection to the Land is central to the Bible helping us understand our God. Think about the number of times God is revealed in the events of agricultural crisis or blessing in the Bible. The Jewish and Christian Scriptures give wide ranging expression to the creative power and wisdom of God through the events of nature.Continue reading “Harvest 1 2021”
This has been an extraordinarily difficult year for many people. There is no doubt many have missed having our churches open as places of prayer and worship for long periods over the last 18 months. It is my hope that as our churches return to being open and active they will be a valuable resource for our communities in the time of recovery that is ahead.
You will appreciate the financial challenges that churches being closed and unable to hold services and events has had. This poses a challenge to reopening buildings and restarting services. As such we will be holding a church fundraiser in September for the Benefice to raise money for the recovery of all our parish churches.
We are undertaking a ‘Pilgrimage Walk’ between each of our Parish churches on Saturday 11th September 2021. The cross country route will include 3 legs and at each church their will be refreshments and a brief act of worship which people might wish to join in if they are unable to join the walk between the churches.
We are asking that, should you be able to join us on 1 or more of the legs of the walk, you might begin to raise money through sponsorship over the summer ( a form is available from Rev Doug or Anne Wiliams). Alternatively you may wish to simply make a donation to sponsor the event through an online donation to one or more of the churches which can be made by clicking on the church links below:
More information on the walk and the services will follow but do save the date and get sponsored, or consider making an online donation to kick start the churches back into active service in our communities.
With thanks and prayers
Rev’d Doug Heming 01785 282829
Palm Sunday Services this weekend:
Seighford 8am Sunday
Chebsey 10am Sunday
The services will include reflection around
Karl Jenkins Benedictus from ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’