Trinity Sunday

Dear Friends

I am writing this on Trinity Sunday, the Festival when we celebrate how God reveals himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We sang a lot of hymns which tried to explain how God is Three and God is One.  But, as Adam found to his peril, if you think you’ve got God sussed, you’re probably in trouble. God remains a holy mystery, beyond our fathoming.

We had a beautiful reading this morning describing how Wisdom was with God the Creator at the very beginning.  This Wisdom figure is considered to be Christ, the Son, the Word, calling creation into being with the Father.  I love the joyful imagery of this passage, and especially the words of Wisdom at the end of this passage:

‘… then I was beside [the Creator] like a master worker;
and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, 
rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.

Proverbs 8 (verses 1-4 and 22-31)

We are called to join this eternal dance of the Trinity in our relationships with others and with God.  We are the ones called to rejoice in this inhabited world and to delight in one another, and in the whole human race.  But our earth-bound lives are not always as jolly, or as simple, as this text suggests.

Apart from being Trinity Sunday, today also marks the start of Refugee Week (16-23 June).  John and I have taken up the ‘my ration challenge’ campaign and will be living on the day rations of a Syrian refugee in a camp in Jordan.  We hope to raise some funds for Concern Worldwide (UK).  I’ve just had my Sunday lunch of boiled rice flavoured with a little cumin.  Hardly yummy.  We have six more days to go on meagre rations of rice, flour, lentils, beans, chickpeas, cooking oil and a tin of sardines each! 

These special campaigns are good in raising awareness of situations that exist for the inhabited world and for our human race.  We are now one global family and we have a social responsibility towards one another both near and far.  Let us work and pray for ‘fairer shares’ of the earth’s resources, so that we can all rejoice in our inhabited world and delight in our shared humanity.

In this new church season of the Trinity, may you know

the presence of the God, who dwells within your days,

the mystery of the Christ,  who drenches you in love,

the blessing of the Spirit, who bears you into life anew.   Amen. Sharon

NEIGHBOURS DRIVERS Volunteers required please

If you can spare a little of your time to take people to doctor’s or hospital appointments, we would love to hear from you.  We have offered this valuable service for many years and now – when it is needed more than ever before– we think we will have to cease the service in September, unless we can attract more drivers.  This voluntary role is subject to a DBS disclosure and Safeguarding training.  Those using the service should cover cost of fuel and parking.

Please contact Ann Saunders (860586).

Wheelchairs

We have been given two wheel chairs to pass on to anyone who may find them helpful. One of the chairs is a light weight one and easy to transport in a car.  Both appear to be in excellent condition.    

Rev Sharon (864265)

Family Support Work (FSW) raises over one thousand pounds

Thank you to everyone who supported Shirley’s coffee morning, the concert by the Ashdown Singers in April, the cake stall on Easter Sunday and the walkers and sponsors for the Easter Monday walk.

We have raised £1177.72 – a helpful sum which will enable FSW to support East Sussex families in crisis.  

If you would like to know more about this diocesan charity there are leaflets available in the porch of the church and Martin Auton-Lloyd, the chief executive will be coming to talk at the 9.30 am service on Sunday 23 June.

Mary Symes, Chair

FSW Rotherfield Deanery Committee

New Website!

We are celebrating the launch of our new website 🙂

If you have any ideas on what you would like to see on the website, any new features or simply have some feedback on the design or content then we would love to hear from you, so please Get in Touch.

The website includes a number of new features:

  • All new website – designed to work equally well on mobiles and tablets
  • Simplified navigation – making it easier to find the information you need
  • We have Upcoming Events which you can view as a list or a month-by-month calendar. Don’t want to miss an event? You can add each event to your own personal calendar (on either your phone, tablet or PC)
  • The News and Announcements page is the place to keep up to date on everything about the Church and it’s members.

The Dedication of the New Organ

Our new organ was dedicated by the Bishop of Chichester, the Right Revd Dr Martin Warner, at a special service held in church on 17th March 2019.

The picture below shows our Vicar (Revd Sharon Francis) with the Bishop, together with Chris Hartland (Director of Music), Colleen Thirkell (who engraved the lettering), Alistair Curtis (Organ Builder and Organist) and John Francis (Project Manager and Organ Builder’s mate!).

Our thanks are due to all of the above and also to everyone in the village who contributed financially, or in any other way, to ensure the success of the project.

Gaudate Omnes Gentes

Sing Praises, all you peoples!

New Rural Dean of Rotherfield announced

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner has appointed The Revd Sharon Francis as Rural Dean of Rotherfield to serve for the next five years.

The Revd Sharon Francis

“I do appreciate Sharon’s willingness to serve the Deanery in this role, alongside her ministry in the parish of St Thomas the Apostle, Groombridge. Please support her with your prayers and commitment to the Chapter and life of the Deanery.”

“We have been well served by The Revd James Packman as Rural Dean and wish him well in his new ministry in Bath and Wells.”

Dr. Martin Warner – The Bishop of Chichester

The Revd Sharon Francis took up the new Rural Dean post on 16th April.

She will be commissioned by the Archdeacon of Hastings, Edward Dowler, on 30 April 2018.