Parish Magazine Article - September 2018

    6 Aug. 2018

    For many of us September brings with it a return to the regular and familiar routines of work and daily life. After the summer and accompanying it the more transient patterns associated with the school holiday season the serious business of deadlines and daily duties come back to the fore. That said this month is often a good one with many enjoyable events and opportunities still ahead. Hopefully the weather will continue to be kind as the season slips from late summer to autumn and we look back on what will probably be recounted as the long hot dry summer of 2018.

    The tradition of Harvest Festival still presents itself as one of the occasions to gather in our churches and village halls to celebrate. The time honoured traditions of decorating our churches for the service of thanksgiving is still a good one. So too is the gathering to share food and celebrate together. We have yet to discover how good a year this will be for the farmers. Yields may be lower due to the rain fall or lack thereof. Certainly as I write the weather is proving to be good for getting the grain collected and the straw bailed which is good news. In an age where regular Sunday attendance is perhaps not what it was in previous generations harvest still provides a contact point and one where invitation and welcome have a genuine purpose and meaning.

    Many of the traditional harvest hymns make the link between the annual harvest of crops and the spiritual harvest of seeing lives transformed and individuals gathered in so to belong to the great company of those who love and follow Jesus Christ. Mission has at it heart the hope of harvest, that is of seeing the bountiful goodness of God impacting our everyday lives. Just as the harvest is annual so in every generation the call is to Follow. Bishop Richard earlier this year wrote about our autumn events entitled ‘Generation Next.’ We want to inspire a whole new generation to follow Christ. As a reminder, the café style events and venues are:

    • Tuesday 25 September Bridstow C of E Primary School Ross on Wye HR9 6PZ
    • Wednesday 26 September Bishop Hooper C of E Primary School , Ashford Carbonel Ludlow SY8 4BX
    • Tuesday 2 October Luctonians Sports Club Mortimer Park, Leominister HR6 9RX
    • Wednesday 3 October Hereford Academy Marlbrook Park, Hereford HR2 7NG
    • Monday 15 October Oldbury Well School Oldbury Well, Bridgnorth WV16 5JD
    • Tuesday 16 October Bishop’s Castle Community College Refectory, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5AY
    There is also an ‘Inspiring Churches Day’ at Earl Mortimer College Leominster on Saturday 17 November. Full details of all events are on the web site.

    Please enjoy and make the most of this autumn.