May Message

Revd. Chris

MAY 1, 2021

A big thank you ... and who inspires you

Greetings from your Rector,

I want to begin this month by saying thank you. Thank you to all the churchyard clean-up teams who have made our churchyards look magnificent for Easter. Thank you to TG Building Supplies of Oswestry who kindly donated the wood so our Easter displays could bring some Easter joy to our villages- and thank you to John Ticer for his skills in making them. Thank you to Brian and Jenni for enabling the Easter Trail to happen in Knockin, and a huge thank you to our village shops in Kinnerley and Knockin for their continuing support. As lockdown restrictions continue to ease we have a socially-distanced plant sale at Melverley this month, and it is looking increasingly possible that the Kinnerley Village Fete may happen in some form this year- please watch this space!

As you read this, Holy Week and Easter will seem a distant memory, but our very own Lynne Lloyd of Melverley was awarded Maundy Money from Her Majesty the Queen, and that recognition of Lynne’s service to Melverley and surrounding areas is a wonderful achievement. Congratulations Lynne, you are an inspiration.

On a sad note, we hold the Queen and all the Royal Family in our thoughts and prayers as we have said goodbye to another inspiration, HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh. His 73 years by the Queen’s side has left a lasting legacy, especially amongst our young people, with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award being directly responsible for two of our young people keeping Kinnerley Park and Knockin Churchyard looking magnificent during the lockdown.

I never met Prince Philip in the flesh, but he has made a lasting impact on our nation and will be sadly missed. Another person whose lasting impact we continue to celebrate during this season of Easter is Jesus. I never met Jesus in the flesh either, but thanks to those who did, and the Holy Spirit we celebrate at Pentecost that is present in all our lives, we continue to inch ever closer to the Kingdom reality Jesus lived. A world where injustice and inequality are consigned to the past where they belong.

Yours in Christ

Revd Chris