So May has
arrived, and with it the big decision that we all need to make
on May 7th....
I know that it seems like this General Election has been going
on for far too long already - we have known exactly when it would
be for years, rather than months, but, whatever your political
affiliation - I hope you will all turn out and vote on the day.
I know it is very tempting to think that "my vote won't
matter one way or another" but I think we owe it to those
who fought so hard to ensure that we have the right to cast our
ballot - at least once every five years. And if we don't bother
to cast that vote, then we do really get the government we deserve!
So while I would never try and tell you for whom to vote - the
principle of voting is really, really important .... SO DO IT!
May is also
the month that sees the agricultural cycle come round once more
as we mark the time of Rogation - asking for God's blessing on
the crops to come... and by extension, asking for his blessing
on all our endeavours in whatever field we labour. I know Ken
has written elsewhere in this magazine about the planned walk
and service at Patshull - and I hope to see a good number of
you there on May 10th.
It is amazing
to think that it is already a year since we ran the Everybody
Welcome course in Church. That seems to have had a really big
impact on our church life with so many more people talking about
and thinking about making everyone welcome... and the new doors
have of course played a big part of that.
We also have
another opportunity to celebrate as a parish during May as we
gather on the afternoon of 9th May (Day before the Rogation Walk)
to have a proper opportunity to thank David and Liz for all they
have done for St Chad's and our community over the years that
Dave has been Churchwarden. Not that they will be disappearing
of course, but time for them to lay down some of the responsibilities
they have carried so long and so well.
As I write
this before the APCM I am still praying and hoping that someone
will feel moved to step - not into David's shoes as Churchwarden
(that would be impossible) but to step up and bring their own
unique talents to bear on what is a significant role in our community.
I believe strongly that God does provide.... let's hope he is
not sleeping on Sunday evening!
Can I take
this opportunity to remind you that on Ascension Day - this year
on 14th May, we will as usual hold a Communion Service to mark
this great feast in the Christian Calendar but one which sadly
today can get overlooked. It has none of the glamour of Easter
or Christmas - but is one of the three major feast days on which
all committed Christians are encouraged to take communion. So
again I hope to see a goodly crowd gathered at 7.30pm that evening.
It is also the formal end of the Easter Season - closely followed
of course by Pentecost (the birthday of the Church).
I will also
be starting a confirmation group for adults this month.... so
if anyone is interested, please phone me for further details.