Dear FrienKarends and Neighbours,

During Lent several of us are watching the DVD ‘Chocolat’. This film, although different to the book, shows a variety of characters, how they live and work and how they react with one another. Their behaviours vary greatly and this impacts the people around them – sometimes for the good but not always. Sometimes their actions can cause harm and unintended results. It has been an interesting time discussing this DVD with others and to hear how we can see things from different perspectives.

As Lent progresses there is a sense of sheer dread amongst most clergy; all the tasks that need to be completed. Deadlines looming, never enough time to plan services, will there will be enough palm crosses, who can I cajole to have their feet washed, will the Easter Eve bonfire stay alight and do I have enough eggs for Easter Day? No pressure really!! I decided to give up alcohol for Lent – it seemed like a good idea at the time, but I’m not at all sure right now!!

At times it is very difficult to balance all these activities with the really important work of visiting those in hospital and praying daily for the community, the church and those in need.

So if I fly past you at great speed, without stopping to chat – please accept my apologies. I don’t really want to rush away, but it may be that I am dashing to sort out something that I have forgotten to do, something that is about to go pear-shaped, something that I should have done hours ago, but am only just getting round to it now, or possibly all three at once. Am I the only one? At times it feels like it.

The Easter services are detailed further in the Parish Pages and it would be really good to see you at some of these. As long as I don’t run out of palm crosses or Easter eggs!! If I do it will still be good to see you, but please be prepared to overlook the fact that counting isn’t my strongest point – and no wine for 40 days ———!

May God Bless us all this Easter and always.