A message from Becca ……

The summer can often be a time to reacquaint ourselves with old friends along with making new ones. With the longer and milder days, it’s also a season of weddings, BBQs, gardening and perhaps a holiday, which can be a chance to gather with others – or escape of course!

However I’ve been struck by recent reports about the epidemic of loneliness, which can affect our health. Whilst it may be grabbing headlines at the moment, it’s nothing new, as many of us will know through our own experience, or of those whom we know, love, and live alongside. It is most often highlighted among older people, however a recent study undertaken by Kings College London highlighted just how prevalent it is for young adults, regardless of gender or socio-economic background. Their findings reported that young people who are more likely to have a negative view of where they live, had a greater sense of isolation, irrespective of whether they came from rural or urban areas, wealthy areas as well as deprived ones. Loneliness can affect us all no matter our age, where we live or how we live.

As Christians we are just about to mark the festival of Pentecost, which saw the birth of a new worldwide community as the message of Christ’s resurrection was shared by Peter and the disciples. Community is at the heart and the health of what it is for me to be a person of faith, and so welcome and hospitality are inextricably linked to it. Words from St Matthew’s gospel, “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me”, are as important now as they were 2,000 years ago when that new community was born.

May you know and indeed have the courage to offer friendship and companionship this season as we enjoy the summer in our community.

Much love Becca
Rev Rebecca Gilbert, Lordsbridge Team

St Peter’s Christmas Tree Festival 8th and 9th December

Village Groups, Organisations and Businesses are invited to decorate a Christmas Tree to be staged in St Peter’s Church over the weekend of 8th& 9th December.
Trees can be in any medium, natural, artificial, own construction with decorations and battery powered lights (NO electric lighting). Dimensions of trees range from 3.5ft – 5ft (1.0668m – 1,534m). Trees to be staged in their own stands/pots.
Allocation and position to be on a first come, first served basis.
Setting up/decorating of trees to take place on: Sunday 2nd December from 2.00 pm Thursday 6th December from 6.00 pm Friday 7th December from 10.00 am
Special preview for subscribing Friends of St Peter’s on Friday 7th December, 6.00 – 9.00 pm. Mulled wine to be served.
On Saturday 8th the Festival will take place at the same time as the Barton Gardeners’ Coffee and Mince Pie Morning, and Barton School Fayre in the afternoon. Morning coffee will also be available in the Church, and tea and cakes in the afternoon. On Sunday afternoon tea and cakes will be served in the Church.
For more details and to reserve your tree’s place, contact: Ruth Bond 01223 262985 ruth.bond52@gmail.com Margaret Winterbourne 01223 262353 mwinterbourne@btinternet.com