28th April 2019

Next week is our Christian Aid Service at St Faith’s, please do come along and support this most important cause.

I started back to work full-time this week on Thursday & my first event was the opening of the ‘Peace Garden’ at St Faith’s CE Infant & Nursery School. The Peace Garden is a lovely place for the pupils of the school to be able to go to sit quietly & to reflect on things. Not all children have a garden so to some this place is very special for them. Bishop Nicholas blessed the peace garden & the service ended with a Chinese poem which talked about peace needing to be in our hearts before we can have peace anywhere else. The choir sang & the Collective Worship Council (2 pupils from each year group) led the whole event which was held outside despite the impending rain; although it was a touch cold, we were, in fact, blessed with the sun at one point. Janet Whitehead (now the school’s Bishop’s visitor), along with the chair of governor’s & a representative from local radio were also present.

On Friday, I took the funeral for Joan Eatch, who died at the age of 93 last month. She was a long term member of our St Faith’s, particularly of the Wednesday morning service. It was sad to say goodbye, but we can rest in the knowledge of God’s promise of his eternal Kingdom. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Finally, today is the last day for Kate to be with us. She joined us as an observer as she considers her vocation. I want to thank her on behalf of St Faith’s as she has been much more than an observer and really helped out despite my not being around to support her. Please join me in wishing her many blessing with God’s call on her life.

Have a good week, God bless, Revd Julie