LETTER FROM THE VICARAGE - MAY 2022
We reproduce here the monthly letter from our Vicar as it appears in our parish magazine, the Parish News.
Letter from the vicarage
A new commandment I give to you: love one another. As I have loved you, you must love one another.
The generosity of people to support aid agencies, relief charities and fundraising appeals, like Comic Relief etc, continues to amaze many commentators and pundits, who often expect a negative response from the British public, impacted as they are by fund-raising fatigue!
However the recent Disaster Emergencies Committee Appeal to assist with humanitarian relief for the Ukraine is an example of the overwhelming response, not just financially but practically to meet a crisis not seen in Europe since the Balkans conflict in the 1990's.
Thousands of folk in the UK have registered to provide accommodation for Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war, surpassing all expectations. Some of these folk who have fled the violence are now starting to arrive in the country and are being welcomed into their new temporary homes by their adoptive family hosts. Many people locally have offered accommodation and it will be interesting to see, over the next few months, whether the authorities place any families in our villages with all the issues of living in rural communities like ours.
Jesus' words quoted above convey the heartfelt response to those in need. It is so encouraging to see Christians of all denominations continuing to take the Lord's words as a challenge to respond to crisis like that seen in Ukraine and other places in the world where God's love is needed to be in evidence against man-made or natural disasters.
May we continue as a nation to respond with open hands and hearts to a hurting and broken world.