As I start writing this, it’s exactly a month since my licensing service. Fond memories of a very special evening, as I was commissioned for my new role, surrounded by Church family and friends from Bishopston and Yate and those who are to become my new Church family here in Kingswood and Hanham. I continue to give thanks for all who have helped me on my journey so far and those who have helped with the move and settling into the Vicarage and the Parishes.
September is often a time of transition as we start to say goodbye to one season and welcome in another... This week we have seen hints of autumn amid the last of the Summer days. The coat and the boots have beckoned more than once on a cold morning and I have to confess, the heating has been on once or twice! We youngsters are a bit soft!
This month, many young parents will wave their little baby off to school for the first time and many older parents will deposit their ‘not so little’ baby at University with wise words and hidden tears. Moving house, moving job, retirement... transitions are part of life and as one chapter closes another begins, a new chapter that will bring new experiences and new opportunities.
I am reminded of Jesus preparing his disciples for when He must leave them. He assures them that he will not leave them alone “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you for ever” John 14: 16. He promises the Holy Spirit, an advocate, a guide, a helper.. to be with them always.
As we begin this new season and new chapter in the life of our Churches in Kingswood and Hanham, we have that same promise of the Holy Spirit to help and guide us, “who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine” Ephesians 3:20
As your new Team Rector, I pray that this might be a season of joy and fruitfulness as we grow to know even more of God’s love for us and for our community and as He uses us to do great things as we bless those around us.