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Pastoral Message for June
from our Minister - Revd Penny Thorne

Dear Friends 

Here we are welcoming in June. How this year seems to be flying by!

My daily readings from ‘The Center for Action and Contemplation’ have recently been all about living a simple life. They were centred around the life of St Francis of Assisi, who drew strength and inspiration from the simplicity of nature. The readings resonated with me as I considered all the ‘stuff’ that we seem to accumulate in our modern life. Society paints us a picture saying that we need all this ‘stuff’ to live interesting and fulfilling lives. But in Luke 12:27 Jesus tells us “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.”


As we go through the month of June seeing how beautiful all the flowers are around us perhaps it’s a good time to pause and take stock of what we actually need in life. Perhaps it’s time to start getting rid of some of the ‘stuff’ we have cluttered up our lives with so that we can move towards a simplicity of life that brings us into a closer relationship with God. The benefit of simplicity is not only that it draws us closer to God, but it also has the knock-on effect of being good for the planet and good for our finances as well. What could you do to start living a simpler life today?

Wishing you many blessings and much peace as you enjoy the long summer days and warm weather.

Revd Penny Thorne

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