Sue Mann

21st March 2024

By the time you receive this edition of the magazine we will have celebrated Easter Day and I hope you had a joyous and blessed time. Thank you to everyone who worked hard to get the churches ready for the Easter Services.  The Easter Season, however, continues for 50 days, culminating in Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, Mary, and the first followers of Christ, with Ascension Day being celebrated 10 days before that.

May the glory
and the promise
of this joyous time of year
bring peace
and happiness to you
and those you hold most dear.
And may Christ,
Our Risen Saviour,
always be there by your side
to bless you
most abundantly
and be your loving guide.

– Author Unknown

We are also looking forward to our Annual Church Meeting, the APCM, which will be on Sunday 28th April, following our 10am Service at Horndon Church.

If you are on the Church Electoral Roll, please do try to come along to this meeting and if you are not on the Electoral Roll, you are all are most welcome at the 10am Service and, indeed, any another service at Church. We would love to see you.

I believe that every person is created with gifts and talents with which to serve God and it is when we share those gifts and talents that we can work together effectively to share the Good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In Ephesians, Chapter 4, it says,

It was he who “gave gifts to people”; he appointed some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, others to be pastors and teachers. He did this to prepare all God’s people for the work of Christian service, in order to build up the body of Christ.

With the APCM approaching, I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all the people in the Parish who work together to this end. We think of Revd Max, the Churchwardens, the PCC, the Parish Administrator, the Treasury Team, the members of the Action Groups, the Musicians, those who offer hospitality, provide pastoral support, keep the churchyards looking so good, read, preach or lead prayers, get the churches ready for many different services, lead the children’s work, take minutes at meetings, or who serve God in any other way.  All that you do is greatly appreciated.

I look forward to seeing you soon. Take care and God bless,