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This month's letter from the clergy


Dear friends,

You may have already come across the book ‘The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse’ by Charlie Mackesy. If you haven’t yet, go and browse one in a local book shop. It is a wonderful book, and we got one for each of our grown up sons for Christmas. It is full of thoughts that are both simple and profound at the same time.

Probably my favourite bit is when the boy is asked ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ And the boy simply replies ‘Kind’. Isn’t that how it should be, that our aim in life should be to develop our character, to become more loving, peaceful and yes, ‘kind’. Kindness is one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is one of the things that God delights to see us grow in. Springtime is a time for planting seeds in the hope of something beautiful coming up in our gardens. We need to spend time planting the right seeds into our lives, that will flourish and develop and bring joy to many.

And wouldn’t it be good to make this our prayer for others too. Let us pray for our loved ones (and our enemies!) that they would become more kind as well.

This month sees the celebration of Mothering Sunday (22nd March).  It is a time that can kindle a variety of emotions. For some, thankfulness and joy, for others, sadness and regret, and for others, sometimes even anger. We always try to recognise those differences in our services. But perhaps to pray for Mothers and children alike to grow in kindness would be a wonderful way to make the day special.