The late spring of May and June is one of my favourite times of the year — the blossom comes to an end, the fruit begins to grow on the trees, the grass has come to life and grows with every rainfall (though that is a mixed blessing!) — given the right conditions, most things start to flourish. The same is true, of course, of ourselves as human beings, in our work, our schooling and our village, with our family and those who are close to us.
It’s worth taking a moment to reflect on what ‘flourishing’ means for us, and to be open to the possibility of change to make that happen better for us — many of us can be too busy to begin this process of self-care, which can be so important. When asked to summarise how we should live, Jesus said “We must love God with everything that we’ve got, and love our neighbour as ourselves.” This was the springboard for the story of the Good Samaritan — “Who is my neighbour, then?” — but an important part of this is that we need to love ourselves too. Flourishing begins with an acceptance of who we are, and it is only as we do this that we can begin to change or begin to be changed for the better.
Flourishing does not always mean getting a better job, or house, or car, or doing well at exams, or getting your posts ‘liked'. We must be careful not to live by false narratives that can undermine who we really are. This is especially true for our young people who are sitting exams at this time, from GCSEs to university level — we are all worth so much more than any exam system can ever grade us!
All the best
News from Holy Trinity Church
We have been planning the social events for the church this year, there is some good news , some not so good news and a date for your diary .
The good news
On Thursday the 12th September we will be having our 5th Fashion show in church , the tickets are £15 to include Canapés and a glass of fizz, it has grown in its popularity, a great evening with a chance to see Helen from The Little Boutiques latest Collection , to avoid disappointment please get your names in early to any of us at the end of this message or from Helen at the Little Boutique .
On Friday 27th September following the success of last years musical evening The Tedesca string quartet will be performing again, tickets again will be £15 including refreshments tickets will be available from Clare Bahabra or Julia .
On the August Bank holiday weekend we will be holding an Afternoon tea in church further details will be shared as soon as we confirm the date.
The not so good news
We have decided that this year to have a break from holding the Strawberry Fair, it has been held for approximately 50 years, but we now feel it needs refreshing and reinvigorating . We would welcome input from any of you as to what you would like to see and how you might be able to help us in achieving that.
We are already confirming stalls and activities so Save the Date, Saturday 13th June 2020 we will keep you posted with updates as they emerge and look forward to seeing you all there.
Anne, Brigid, Charlotte, Jane, Louise & Julia .