It’s July already and the school holidays are about to start this weekend. July and August give us the opportunity to step back a bit and take a breather, whether you are staying home as I am, or planning a holiday. I was asked last week when the quiet weeks are at church, and I suppose it is fractionally quieter in the school holidays!
Looking back over the past months we have seen steady growth in the number of people attending church and starting up of new activities; to me they are signs of new life as we continue to emerge from the liminal time of the past months. It’s encouraging for us all as we see prayers answered and plans for the future taking shape.
But it’s time to take a break, and I hope you will be able to do so whatever your circumstances. The summer months are like a sabbath time of rest, of doing different things, of doing nothing much except enjoying being outside whenever we are able.
I will be taking summer leave at the end of this month, and while I am away, my colleague Reverend Elisabeth Dean will be here each Sunday. I know she enjoys coming up from Paris to be with you and it’s great to be able to welcome her and appreciate her ministry. Our weekly videos are also now on holiday until September when we look forward to your joining us again.
Enjoy the next few weeks, make the most of opportunities that come your way, and return refreshed.
God bless each of you,