Reflections

As I write this it was only two weeks ago, 29th June, that I was Ordained Deacon in Canterbury Cathedral by ArchBishop Justin. It was an incredible day to say the least, with a service full of emotion, humility and awe at the never ending love and grace of God. It was wonderful to share it with family and friends who had been part of my journey for many years and with new friends who are going to be joining with me along the next part of the journey with God as fellow pilgrims along the way.

 

During my two weeks in the Benefice I have been made to feel very welcomed by everyone I have met and I am already beginning to feel at home with you all. Thank you. I have had the great privilege of witnessing the Body of Christ at work within this place from the ‘Drop In’ at St Peters, the Food Bank and CARM in Lydd, and Messy Church, to mention just a few.

 

I witnessed great Team work in providing the refreshments for JAM on the Marsh on Friday 5th July and a church full of people from across The Marsh and beyond enjoy the music by ‘The Kings Singers’. I thought the church could not get any more full but I was wrong! The following week, 13th July, the church could not fit anyone else in as hundreds of people arrived to hear ‘The Marsh Choirs’ first performance. Standing room only and some people even sitting outside in the churchyard, all raising money and awareness of the work of CARM, ‘Caring Across Romney Marsh’. All of this is a wonderful witness of the church and local community working together.

 

As if all this was not enough fun for my first two weeks, there was the thrill of watching my own teddybear parachuting down from All Saints’ tower and seeing the smiling faces of the children as they watched their’s flying along too. And at St Peters’ with feet firmly on the ground as their monthly fair served members of the community with an opportunity for fellowship over tea and cake. If there is one thing I have learnt in the last two weeks it is this, there are some fantastic cake bakers in the churches and a heart for real hospitality. Oh and one of the things a curate can do is to roll up your sleeves and help with the washing up! I can do that but don’t ask me to make cakes!!

 

You might well ask ‘Where has God been in the midst of all this?’ The answer is right in the very heart of it all. In every person I have met, in the conversations and the singing, in the prayers offered every day  for everyone in the community. In two weeks it has been a great privilege to have been alongside all of those I have met and I look forward to the continued journey ahead.

 

With love in Christ and prayers

Rev Jacky

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