Parish Letter

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

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

July and August 2018

Summer’s here, ALL Change
By the time you read this, many of you will be looking forward to your summer holidays, those precious weeks of the year when we can relax and have fun, so as to return to daily life refreshed and renewed.
It is also a time when many families face changes in their lives. Children and young people begin to prepare for a new school, college or university for the first time, or a new teacher as they move into a different class. So many changes, most of which are exciting despite a few nerves.
As I reflected on this, I realised that although many people will say they don’t like change, it is in fact happening in all of our lives, constantly.
We know that the passing of years brings about an outward physical change, but we can be unaware of the small, seemingly insignificant changes that happen internally. Each new day presents us with new experiences, some we like, others we do not like. Each one of these experiences, along with the many encounters we have with others changes us for the better or worse.
For instance, if we spend some time with a friend who makes us feel good about ourselves, a change happens deep inside of us. We do not leave that encounter in the same way we arrived. Likewise, if we witness unkindness, or a terrible tragedy, again we are changed. Just a little bit, often unnoticed, but changed we are, by every word we utter and every action that takes place around us, by every encounter we have with those around us.
As Christians we understand that we all need to change, so as to eventually bear the full likeness of Christ, for as the hymn goes, ‘changed from glory, into glory, till at last we see His face’.
So as we begin to relax for the summer, may we all embrace the changes we face, may we understand that those around us do in fact enable us to become who we are meant to be. And may we also be aware of the effect our lives have on those we meet.
May you all enjoy the rest of the summer months,