Pastoral Letter - Jun 19 - Aug 19
At this time of year, we often have more opportunities to travel than during the winter months. The daylight hours are longer and usually the weather much warmer, so to be able to take a day trip or holiday somewhere a bit further field is much more enjoyable.
I have just had the privilege of being given a Sabbatical by the Methodist church. One of the things it was suggested I might do was to travel. Later, in the Summer Malcolm and I will be travelling again, this time to Staffordshire to take up a new appointment. Whether our journeys are long or short; a trip to the shops or to the coast, a short break, a longer holiday or an expedition, there is always the opportunity to enjoy the scenery, to praise and thank ‘God for his wonderful creation.
Sometimes the unexpected happens on our travels – delays because of traffic or roadworks, or the weather changes from bright sunshine to pouring rain…. our plans must change.
In life we journey day by day, sometimes through good seasons and sometimes through challenges. From time to time life might seem difficult, if we are not sure what we should be doing, or unexpected events seem to halt our well-made plans.
As Christian disciples we are accompanied on our journey by God who is constantly by our side, through the smooth bits and the bumpy bits, through the sunny days and the darker days - he is always there for us.
Malcolm and I have been privileged to be part of the Wolds and Trent Circuit and we have made many journeys to the various chapels. Sometimes those have been on beautiful clear days, sometimes in foggy winter weather. Whatever the journey was like, we have always found a warm welcome from members of the church families and a sense of God’s presence in those places. We shall miss our journeying around the circuit and all the folk who are part of Wolds and Trent. We have very much enjoyed our time here and been blessed by your love and encouragement on our faith journey. As we all journey on, sometimes along different pathways we remember and take confidence in God who always walks beside us whatever the circumstances.
Rev. Anne Coates