Ansley's July Jottings

29 Jul 21

Ansley Jottings – What next?

Since June 21st 2021 we have been waiting with baited breath to see whether restrictions will end or at least be further eased on 19th July.  Hopefully since the partial lifting of restrictions on 17th May you have had some opportunities to see more of family and friends – and to have a hug!  My niece, living with her family near Paris in France was astonished to hear that there had been guidance on the internet as to how to hug others safely!  We remember though, that some people may have an increased sense of isolation as others experience freedoms that they may not feel able to enjoy.  Some may still feel very cautious about meeting socially.  It may take some time to rebuild confidence to go into gatherings that may not have given us a second thought in the past.  It is important that we give ourselves time to adjust, particularly given the uncertainty about new variants and whether a complete lifting of restrictions will indeed be possible later this month.

Last month we celebrated Pentecost - often referred to as the birth day of the church.  Pentecost was a time of waiting.  Waiting with prayer and expectation for God’s Holy Spirit to transform timid, frightened, uncertain followers of Jesus to step out and speak up with newfound confidence and boldness so that multitudes of people from all kinds of places, cultures and backgrounds could hear good news about the impact of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and realise that this news was not only for the select few but for everyone.  They heard the news in their own languages, showing them they were welcome and included in God’s gift of love to the world, that they could be part of the plan.

The waiting was certainly worth it!  It gave rise to the birth of the church-local and global.

Ansley and Arley parishes are experiencing a time of waiting as the process of advertising a half time post, interviewing applicants and appointing a new incumbent continues, following the end of the Reverend John Langlands’ placement with us.  As we wait, we will be planning the resumption of activities following the lifting of restrictions.

 It will be a challenge to gather together, to rebuild our confidence and to re-establish relationships with people we have missed seeing regularly but we trust God to help us and guide us through his Holy Spirit.

July 21 D. K.

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