Monthly Message - April 

robin bird

I’d like to say a huge thank you for the many cards, good wishes and prayers from so many people during my recent illness. It helped enormously and I am delighted to be finally back in action and in much better health after such a long time.

During my period of rest and recovery I rediscovered the joy of watching the birds in the Vicarage garden. We always put out quite a few feeders for them, which proved to be particularly important during the recent attack of the ‘Beast from the East’. Our feathered friends had quite a struggle with blizzards, little water - as it was all frozen – and extremely cold temperatures.

Happily the snow has now all gone, the sun is shining, temperatures have risen and there is much nest-building going on.   I am hopeful that our newly erected bird box will be discovered and a happy 

feathered couple will make their home there.

Difficult times are something we all experience:- illness – ourselves or someone close to us – hardship of one sort or another, loss and bereavement.   What can really help is the love and care of others and the prospect that nothing lasts for ever – not even the most difficult times.

Spring is just around the corner – the snowdrops and daffodils are blooming and the promise of new life is emerging from the bleakness and barrenness of dark days.

Whatever your trial or difficulty may be, I hope you are surrounded by the love and care of others – as I have been – encouraged by the love and care of God, and the promise of new life that Jesus brings at Easter – he overcame even the barrier of death to rise again on the third day; ensuring for us a place in the eternal kingdom of God.

Do come and join us at St. Michael & All Angels to celebrate that this Easter. A very Happy Easter to you all.

Rev’d Chris