Message from Revd Sara-Jane Stevens
The nights are drawing in and tinsel is available in the shops, welcome to autumn. Following a hugely successful Flower Festival at Sullington and Autumn Fair at Thakeham our thoughts hurtle towards practicing those difficult harmonies on carols…… NO! That is one of the old practices I hope might stay hidden post-lockdowns, let’s not wish our time away ever again!
Let’s take a little time instead to watch the trees change colour, as we reflect on dying and death as just a part of life’s cycle. Do come to St. Mary’s Sullington on 31st October at 10.30am where we will have ‘A Time to Remember’ our loved ones who have died. We could make time to take in the beauty of the changing season across our Downsland setting.
Why not take a little time to visit one of the church buildings, use the church buildings of the parishes for this Precious Pause. Plan to sit a while in the ‘thin space’ of Sullington church? Maybe take the free gospel book from the pew and think on God’s love for you. And yes, you will be able to visit St Mary’s in Thakeham after 14th November; the building should be open to the public after some major building and refurbishment work. Both churches will be unlocked 10am – 4pm daily (just remember to push firmly on the ancient oak door to open). Not forgetting Warminghurst church too. No regular services anymore, but the door is open daily, and it is a real historic gem.
Our time is worth so much but can seem fleeting. Remember the rare pace of life experienced by many in 2020? We can reclaim that and plan for times of quiet and reflection even in busy lives. This is so important for our rest, recharging and our mental health.
Revd Sara-Jane Stevens