Thoughts from the Vicarage 134

Eastertide Greetings

Thank you very much to all those who contributed to the wonderful celebration of Easter in the Valley churches.

The Sunday following Easter is often known as Low Sunday. In early Christian times it marked the end of the ceremonies surrounding Easter baptisms. At that time many adult converts to the Christian religion were baptized at the Easter Vigil service. After their baptisms, the priest and assistants dressed them in white robes.

Eastertide is the period of 50 days, spanning from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. It is celebrated as a single joyful feast. Each Sunday of the season is treated as a Sunday of Easter as is reflected in the liturgy. We keep the colours of white and gold. White represents the angels who announced the resurrection, while gold symbolizes triumph.

Pathways magazine

A copy of the latest Pathways magazine is available for you to take home. The magazine is for all churches in the Diocese of Oxford, which covers Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. It’s a forum for articles relevant to a life of faith in 2022. In the latest issue, discover what it takes to be united as a church; a debate about using male pronouns to describe God; how we can forgive ourselves for what happened in the past… and all about singing.

Eco conference at Hungerford on Sat 18 June

As we all become increasingly aware of caring for our environment, I’m sure this will be of interest to many. It promises to be an interesting and thought-provoking event to which all are welcome and do encourage others to come along on June 18th.

Bishop Olivia is hosting the event at which there will be some national quality speakers including

  • Dr Mike Morecroft who is one of the authors of the IPCC report on climate change published recently
  • Rev Margo Hodson who will be speaking about the theology of creation care
  • Helen Stephens the national lead for Eco Church at A Rocha

There will also be several break-out groups including one about electric cars and another about heating our homes. To register email Admin@StLawrencesHungerford.org.uk.

This has arrived a little earlier this week as we are taking a break. The next Thoughts should be with you on Friday 29th. The hope is that Julie will then begin a phased return to the Parish at the beginning of May. Thank you very much to all those who have sent greetings, cards and the like. They have made such a difference throughout this time.

Best wishes
Keith
(aka Mr Vicarage)

Revd Julie Mintern
Vicar Lambourn Valley Benefice
The Vicarage, 4 Newbury Street, Lambourn RG17 8PD

 

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