Church news – February

The Vicar writes – Lent matters Lent, so soon, the leaving behind of winter and the turning of thoughts to the coming spring.  In the Christian calendar this is our seasonal journey with Jesus into the wilderness: a period of self-examination, an opportunity to deepen our devotional life.  What thoughts filled Jesus’s mind during this period following his baptism we can never know, but it is likely that besides matters of personal obedience he also wrestled with the nature of God’s mission to the world and the future of the nation.  Lent, then, carries with it a call to corporate as well as personal repentance; it is a time to reassess our own and the Church’s responsibility to the world and its peoples.  May I encorage you to view the season of Lent as not just another thing to be fitted into a busy social diary, but a resolve that strengthens faith and helps us through life.  This Lent we will continue to meet every Wednesday at the different churches in our parish – the services all begin at 7.30 and we aim to finish by 8.30.  The dates and venues are available in the Church calendar on the website for your information and planning.  Blessings to you all, Ian (Rev Canon Ian Greenhalgh)

Clapham Church open day 28 February is the provisional date for an open day to visit St James Church and see the newly completed building and restoration work.  The church will be open from 10.00 am to 12 noon and free refreshments will be served.  Everyone welcome – please do come along and join us – posters with details will be displayed nearer the date.

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