July Message

Revd. Chris

JUL. 1, 2021

The bigger picture

Greetings from your Rector,

This time last year I wrote about what July 2021 might look like. I think it’s fair to say it was a touch optimistic, my harsher critics would say I simply got it wrong, and that I do that often. I don’t think any of us thought we would still be in a pandemic in July 2021.

It’s nearly two years since I became the Rector of this benefice, and sadly the majority of that time has been during a pandemic. The school leavers’ service I optimistically predicted last July is not going to happen, but we still take a moment to wish our Yr6 leavers well and to pray for refreshment over the summer for them and all the pupils and teachers of our fabulous local schools.

Restrictions have not disappeared entirely, but our local shops and eateries have imaginatively and courageously weathered the pandemic and my gratitude for their endeavours during this pandemic is echoed by many in our communities.

The Kinnerley Fete will once again not take place in July, but I still like the idea of a village extravaganza- perhaps early September would be a good time for a pop-up Fete and associated activities? Please let me know what you think and if you want to get involved.

As we slowly but surely head back towards normal, now is the time that we will really begin to notice how much has changed, both around us and within us. We cannot go through an event like a pandemic without it changing us. Now, perhaps more than ever, we need to be aware of the mental health of those around us.

In a world of uncertainty and change, one thing is steadfast and unchanging, and that is God. The pandemic has taught us a lot about ourselves, a lot about our frailties and our wants and needs. Perhaps as our church buildings finally fully reopen, now is the time to learn more about the bigger story we all play a part in?

Yours

Revd Chris