From the Vicar

In June this year we celebrate a vital event in the life of the church: Pentecost. At

Pentecost we celebrate God at work in each and every one of us to inspire us to

be the best versions of ourselves that we can be – the Holy Spirit: encouraging,

cajoling, challenging, disturbing, comforting, equipping God’s people for acts of

service and works of goodness. I expect the disciples were just as surprised and

shocked at what happened in Jerusalem on that exciting day as their listeners

were. But perhaps when things quietened down, they remembered what Jesus had

told them the night before he died. Jesus words are recorded for us in John

15.26-27 and 16.4-15.

And Jesus promised that when the Spirit of truth came, he would do 3 important

things

1. Jesus said, the Spirit of truth will help you understand God’s plans for this

world; he will help you understand right from wrong. He will touch your minds

and remind you of all that I have taught you while I’ve been with you.

2. Jesus said, even though I’m no longer with you in the flesh, the Spirit of truth

will help you feel my presence with you; even though you can’t see me with

your eyes, he will help you to hear my voice in your heart.

3. Jesus said, the Spirit of truth will help you live out your lives as my friends and

followers; he will help you tell others about me, share my love, live together as

my church, changing the world around you to make it better.

When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:13)

God’s Holy Spirit is still with us and take time this Pentecost to ask Jesus to fill you

with his Holy Spirit once more - we need him now more than ever.

Peter

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Promoting a safer church: OUR Commitments

Promoting a safer environment and culture

Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults

Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons

Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons

Responding to those that may pose a present risk.

Written by Peter