When the pandemic first hit us it seemed that life changed overnight. Self-distancing and self-isolation became the norm as we all adapted to a different way of thinking and going about our daily lives. Now some fifteen months later as we slowly emerge from the affects of the pandemic, some more slowly than others, it feels like we have been given a fresh start, a new beginning.
This feeling of a new beginning is reflected in what is happening at church at the moment as parents have brought, and are bringing, their children to be baptised. Baptism is all about beginnings, a new journey as a member of the Christian Church. It marks a new start, a decision to follow Jesus Christ within the family of the church.
This feeling of a new beginning is reflected in what is happening at church at the moment as parents have brought, and are bringing, their children to be baptised. Baptism is all about beginnings, a new journey as a member of the Christian Church. It is a new start, a decision to follow Jesus Christ within the family of the church.
We are also looking forward to welcoming the couples who are to be married in our church.
Marriage is one of life's great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as he turned water into wine. Marriage is an invitation to share a new beginning together in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
Our new Vicar, Ben Edwards will be facing a new beginning as he starts his work in our benefice following his ‘Licensing Service’ on the 27th September. We very much look forward to working with Ben he starts on his new journey in our parishes.
Children will begin a new school year and, for Thurston Church of England Primary Academy pupils and their teachers, it will be even more of a beginning as they move to their new school. The College will receive fresh pupils and they welcome their new Principal, Nicki Mattin. We wish pupils and staff alike a very happy new start.
There will also be many new residents filling the newly-built houses and beginning a new life in our village. We are producing more Thurston Newsletters so everyone continues to have one delivered to their home. And we are now producing the Newsletter in partnership with Thurston Parish Council – a new beginning for the Newsletter!
New opportunities mean a fresh start and all the wonderful possibilities new beginnings bring. Let’s then look forward to a brighter and better future.
We hope you all enjoy the rest of the summer.
Pat & Irene
Churchwardens, St Peter’s Church