OCTOBER CLERGY LETTER

Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe. (Rev. 14.15)

As we enter the season of Autumn and offer up our thanks for Harvest, let’s remember the God of creation who provides for us in love. In thankfulness and in faith, let us offer some of our abundance to those who have little, in this rapidly changing world.

Things have certainly changed a lot recently for my husband, Mike and I, Chris, or curate Chris, as I am known by. We have now been in the United Benefice for three months and have experienced such a warm and heartfelt Christian welcome from you all.

I was Ordained as a deacon, meaning servant, at Lichfield Cathedral on the 25th of June. Thank you for your prayers and support, we have experienced God’s love through you and feel greatly blessed.

We have now moved into our permanent home in Market Drayton, 1, Police Drive, and you are all welcome.

Originally from Taunton and Devon, we have travelled a lot and have lived in rural communities in Germany and Belgium. We have three grown up children, Simon, James and Rebecca.

Christians are known as the ‘first fruits’. Our first step is to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of God. Then to live in such a way that we bring some of Heaven down to Earth. We show the living God with skin on, brought to life by the power of the Holy Spirit.

This gives us a shape to our faith, making us more and more into the likeness of Christ, who grows fruit in us of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control. See (Galatians 5.22-24). Our dear late Queen Elizabeth modelled many of these qualities in her life.

We look forward to meeting you and to seeing the fruits of the spirit growing in us all.

God bless you with peace.

Curate Chris and Mike.