News for May 2019

Dear Friends,

Christ is risen!

I may be writing this month’s letter just days after our Easter Day celebrations, but, of course, Easter is not over! The Christian Church continues celebrating the wonder and joy of Christ’s resurrection until Pentecost – fifty days to party! So may our alleluias continue to ring out with joy in the weeks ahead.

Thank you to all those who helped in so many ways with our Holy Week and Easter services. It was a great team effort as always. Easter Day was even more special this year, as we celebrated the Confirmation of Issac (yes, his name is spelt like that!) Bark, who had been confirmed at Reading Minster on Easter Eve. Our warmest love and congratulations to Issac.

It was also lovely for me to be able to celebrate 25 years as a priest on Easter Day. Thank you for the lovely card and beautiful bouquet of flowers you gave me. The actual anniversary was on 16th April, during Holy Week. It doesn’t seem possible that it is 25 years since that momentous weekend in this Diocese when all the ‘waiting women’ were ordained. Six Ordinations took place on 16th and 17th April which that year was the second Sunday of Easter. That certainly was an Alleluia Weekend!

I remember my colleague at St Mary’s, Wendover, where I served my curacy quoting in his sermon at my first Eucharist, the next day: ‘It is said that Ginger Rogers danced the same steps as Fred Astaire – only backwards and in high heels!’ I think all the women ordained priest with me that weekend could relate to that.

On to May, and another busy month ahead. Do read through the newsletter and note the events coming up. Please sign up for the street collection in Cox Green during Christian Aid Week if you can, and help support the vital work of Christian Aid.

On May 11th it is the May Fayre on Brill Green from 12 noon. Do come along and enjoy this lovely community event. Once again, we will be having a Bottle Stall to raise much needed funds for our church. Please do bring in any contributions either to the Church Office during times when Bridget is there, or on Sunday mornings. Our grateful thanks to Mick Cooper, who has organised our Bottle Stall for many years, but is now standing down. Thank you for all your hard work, Mick! We will miss you on the stall. We will also be organising parachute games for the children at the Fayre. If you can help with this, please let me know.

On Sunday 12th May at 3pm, there will be a Service of Thanksgiving here for the Revd Canon David Cawte, the first Vicar of Cox Green. Many of you will have fond memories of David, and his time as Vicar.

David played such a key part in the vision for the new Community Centre in Cox Green, which was to be not just a Community Centre, but a Youth Centre and to serve as the new home for the old Church of The Good Shepherd in Cox Green Lane. It would be a courageous step even now for a community to leave its church building and move into a community centre, but much more so over forty years ago. I do hope you can join us for the service, and to support David’s family. We hope to include some special tributes to David in next month’s newsletter. If you would like to contribute some brief memories, please let me know.

We will be sharing once again in the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Call to Prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost. More details about this in next month’s newsletter, or in Bleatings. There will be another Prayer Walk around Cox Green on Saturday 1st June beginning at 4pm from The Community Centre. This is a wonderful opportunity to ‘soak’ our community in prayer by walking around the parish together and stopping at different places to pray. Do come and join us, if only for part of the time.  

Wishing you all a blessed Easter season.