Virginia's funeral will take place on Friday 7th February 2020 at 11.00 am.
A letter from the Assistant Curate
I hope the first magazine of the year is not too late to wish you a Happy New Year, even if it will be February when you read this.
After one of our Sunday services recently, where many from the congregation catch up with one another over refreshments, someone remarked to my wife Dawn that people seemed to be reluctant to go and were very interested in each other’s news. Dawn very astutely replied along the lines, ‘Yes, but that’s what families do.’
And indeed they do! Families very seldom have common interests and cover a range of ages, abilities and preferences. They will often though take a keen interest in how each other is doing and will support, encourage and occasionally challenge other members of the family. This is just one way of expressing our love and concern for each other and builds up our confidence and trust to face the demands of everyday life. We do not have to live in each other’s pockets as family and may actually live long distances away from each other, meeting only occasionally. However, family reunions and meet ups are often characterised by busy conversations to catch up on the latest news.
Whether members of our birth family are near or far away, we are fortunate to live in a beautiful and peaceful community. And just like the church members were behaving as a family, in our community we can demonstrate the same family love and concern for our neighbours and fellow villagers. Isolation is very real in rural areas (just Google it and see how many reports come up) and loneliness is a feeling that measures the disparity between the quantity and quality of social relationships that we have and those we want. It is well recognised that loneliness can have a profound effect on physical as well as mental health. By being a family community together we can ensure this doesn’t happen here.
Mother Teresa said, ‘The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.’ A well-known hymn, ‘When I needed a neighbour, were you there?’ (based on Matthew 25 verses 31-46) sums this up well. Looking forward to the many events that will happen in the village in 2020, I hope and pray we may be family to one another and enjoy our conversations and company together.
Revd John Saxon