Anglican Church News
The summer is well and truly here and for once there is no need to leave the UK in order to enjoy some sunshine, but for those of you who have travel plans, either in this country or abroad, and for those of you staying put, I want to wish you all happy and refreshing holidays.
I also want to encourage you to remember that it is the people you travel with that make the journey what it is, and not the journey itself. No matter how exotic the places are we visit, the people we visit them with and share them with are what really define the experience we have. This is especially so when our journeys don’t quite go according to plan, such as our recent journey here.
Last week Helen and I moved into our new home here in Lowdham, and I commenced my curacy in the United Benefice of Burton Joyce, Bulcote and Stoke Bardolph with Lowdham, Caythorpe and Gunthorpe, where for the next few years I will be completing my training to become a Vicar. Ordinarily this journey would have started with my Ordination at Southwell Minster, and our move here would have been faultlessly implemented by my super organised wife. Unfortunately neither of these things happened and I found myself having to delay my ordination and somehow move house without Helen’s involvement as she has been very unwell with pneumonia.
However, what could have been a painful and disappointing experience, has been completely transformed by the people we have journeyed with. The company of family and friends along the way, supporting us and encouraging us has meant a very different experience for Helen and I; an experience made even more bearable by the amazing welcome we have had from so many of you here.
There is a wonderful story in Luke’s Gospel (Luke 24:13-35) about how a sad and difficult journey was transformed by the company of another, and I would encourage you all to read it.
Our difficult journey to Lowdham has been transformed by the company of others, and it is our prayer that all your journeys this summer will not only be good journeys, but will be made even better by the people you journey with and the people you encounter along the way.
With every blessing
Simon Jones, Associate Curate
Parishes of Woodborough, Epperstone, Oxton & Gonalston
Church Services in August
10.00a.m Holy Communion (Oxton) NOT Woodborough as originally planned
10.00a.m Holy Communion (W’b)
10.00a.m BCP Holy Communion (Gon)
10.00a.m. Holy Communion (Ep)
Church Happenings in August
Wednesday 1st August
10.00a.m. Coffee Drop In St. Swithun’s
Tuesday, 14th August
2.00p.m Church Fellowship, The Institute, W’b
Please note: Most activities will be taking a break in August. They will resume again in September.