“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” (Charles Dickens: Great Expectations)
In March we find ourselves on the threshold of a new season. It is in-betwixt time, when it’s not quite fully spring – when everything’s blossomed, swaying and dancing in the April winds and squalls – but nor do we remain in the deep throes of winter, relying on the simple hope that new life is on its way… While seasons end and new ones begin, in times of change I am thankful for my faith in God, a God who I trust is a constant presence with me, both when the signs are clear and also when they are harder to see. I am reminded of one of my favourite verses (from Lamentations 3): “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Change can provoke a whole host of emotions, depending on the situation and the circumstances. It is then that I am thankful for the knowledge of the One who does not change, but who is with us in all that we face.
At the end of this month myself and my family are moving to Cumbria where I will take up a new post serving in the Western Dales. I am both excited and sad; excited for a new season, but sad to leave St Peter’s and friends here in Barton. It’s been a privilege to be Vicar of St Peter’s for the last 5 and a half years and to be part of your story for this season. I am thankful to have been part of the community in the way that I have, and am thankful to God for each of you. As we together embark on a new season – and marvel at the steadfastness of nature, which will blossom as spring unfolds – may it remind you in the times of change you encounter, of the steadfast love of God that never ceases even “when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
With much love and thankfulness,
The Friends of St Peter’s organised another successful Christmas Tree Festival at the beginning of December. Here are some of the photos of the event.
Thank you to everyone that helped to organise the event and to all who came to see the trees!