Ministry Letter

Gareth writes... (June 2021)

‘I have come that they may have life and have it in all its fullness.’ John 10:10
As I write this, we’re part way through May and by the time you read this we’ll be in June.  May is traditionally seen as ‘the last month of Spring’, the month in which plants and gardens seem to spring into life after the coldness of winter.  June then is the beginning of summer in the UK, long warm days and plenty of sunshine (hopefully).  It an opportunity to spend time outdoors, for me this means BBQs, lots and lots of BBQs.  I don’t know about you but a BBQ is my ‘happy place’.  For whatever reason when I find myself stood near a BBQ with a set of tongs in my hand and a nice cool beer, all the world just sort of seems to slow down, and I find myself at rest.

The past year has been quite a journey for many of us.  There have been extended periods of lockdown, but to me these haven’t felt particularly ‘restful’.  These have then been followed by periods in which the rules have been eased.  Although at time these have felt to be a release, they have also been stressful in some ways as we find a new way of living.   But here comes the summer.  I’m looking forward to finding my ‘happy place’ by the BBQ, to enjoying those times of rest, stillness, but also the opportunity to celebrate with family, friends and my church family.
Sometimes we can have the impression that Jesus was quite an austere person, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.  He certainly took very seriously his work here among us: he declared in John 10:10 ‘I have come to bring life in all it’s fullness’.  But Jesus is often seen in the Gospels having fun.  Whether that’s at a wedding when he turned copious amounts of water into wine, or in an evening at a meal reclining with his friends and sharing moments of fellowship.  Jesus knew the importance of rest, of joy!

And so, I wonder what this might mean for you?  For me it’s about BBQs.  But how about you?  As we enter this summer period, particularly in light of the last year that we’ve had, where will you find your moments of stillness, your moments of fun, your times of joy?  Don’t let them slip away, Jesus wants to share with us ‘life in all its fullness’.
Rev Gareth Hutchinson