Parish Letter

The Parish of St Peter & St Mary New Fishbourne
and the Parish of St Mary the Virgin Apuldram

www.fishbournechurch.org.uk andwww.apuldramchurch.co.uk

The Revd Canon Moira Wickens
Rector of Fishbourne and Priest in Charge of Apuldram
The Rectory, 31 Caspian Close, Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 8AY
Rectory Tel (01243) 530198 Church Office (01243) 784283 E-mail fishbournechurch@btinternet.com

June 2018

There is nothing ordinary about it
I can hardly believe that we are almost half way through the year, where does the time go? It’s been a whirlwind of business and change, in the last few months we have continued to worship God, we have celebrated marriages, baptised several babies, and said farewell to loved ones.

We have also celebrated the birth, death and resurrection of Christ, as well as His ascension which reminded us of how heaven and earth are united as one, together with Pentecost, the birthday of the church when we welcomed the power of the Holy Spirit once more into our lives.

All of these events were marked by the different colours that you see in church. Week by week there was purple, red or gold, but now we go green, the colour which tells us that we are in the ordinary weeks of the year. If you pop into either of our churches you will notice a green altar frontal in place, and it will stay there for the next few months except for a few odd days when we celebrate a special event.

So do we simply take a bit of a rest, or plan for the next Christmas and Easter, or can we be encouraged to use these coming weeks proactively? Green is in fact the colour of growth, and we are encouraged to reflect on all that we have experienced and consider what difference does it make to our lives as we allow what we have heard and experienced grow in our hearts.

What does it mean to us to know that God, the creator of all is with us, no matter what we face in life?

What impact does it have on us to accept that Jesus actually died for each one of us, setting us free from all that binds us?

How on earth do we comprehend the awesome truth that He rose again and ascended into heaven, giving us all the way to eternal life?

The next few months are in fact our opportunity to pause for a while, open our hearts that little bit more, so as to enable the Good News of Jesus Christ (the Love of God) grow more and more in our lives and relationships.

There is certainly nothing ordinary about this time of year. It is without doubt life giving, challenging and very exciting.

And so I encourage you, don’t be afraid to take some time out of the business of life, ponder the truth of the Good News, ask yourself the questions above, and allow yourself to be transformed by God’s life-giving grace.

With prayers and good wishes from

Moira