Weekly Prayer Roster
Each week during the year the Churches, in their prayers, remember the residents of particular streets in the village, those who
work in the parish and village organizations. Those to be remembered this month are:
Church Street, Mill Road, The Barns, The Old Flour Mills
The Parish Council, The Village Hall and Playing Field Trust; those who help to run the Village
Hall, and the activities there
Greenway, Aragon Close, Hoo Close, Bishops Way
Village shops, and those who work in them; businesses based in the village, hotels, inns, and
those who work at home; homemakers, carers, the unemployed and underemployed, and all
visitors to the village
Thought for the Month
I am now, I think, officially middle-aged. I know I still look
young and vibrant, but don’t be fooled. I know I am middle
-aged now because I have started gardening.
For two years we have been shaking our heads and clicking
our tongues at the vegetable patches in the corner of the
garden. No more! The raised beds and their vegetable con-
tents have gone to the tip — or Household Waste Recy-
cling Centre as we must now call it — and a new (slightly
sloping) cottage garden has emerged.
“What is your point?” I hear you cry.
My point is: how many things are there in our Churches
and in our lives that we have been shaking our heads and
clicking our tongues at for years, but haven’t done any-
thing about? It is human nature to let sleeping dogs lie; to
accept the unacceptable simply because we have not done
anything to change it. We wait around (often with an occa-
sional moan) until someone or something finally prods us
That is not good enough for the Christian. God deserves
the best from us, because God gives the best to us. I know
that there are quite a few things in my life and in the
Church that need drastic overhauling. The vegetable patch
is just the Household Waste Recycling Centre of the ice-
I hope I am not too middle-aged to make a start on some
of them. God has infinite patience with me, but I really
shouldn’t rely on that. I pray God will give me the strength
and the inspiration to attack more than the garden.
And I pray that God will inspire you, too, to attend to your
vegetable patches, your lives and our Churches.