Dear All,

When I last wrote in February I foolishly suggested that winter was over! Ah, well, how wrong can you be? The snow has caused all manner of problems, including some cancelled services, but many stories of people helping one another in adversity have emerged too. I hope you have all managed to stay safe throughout this time.

Hopefully, the worst is now behind us. The grass begins to flush green, the brave spring flowers miraculously raise their heads from the snow, and we find ourselves in the season of new beginnings. As we get ready to welcome Miriam to our area we look forward to her new ministry with us.

Two millennia ago, Jesus’ disciples found themselves at the point of change. After the trauma of the crucifixion and the confusion, joy and hope surrounding the resurrection, the realisation will have dawned that they were going to have to find their own way forward whilst waiting for the promised Holy Spirit. As we celebrate Easter with praise and thanksgiving for what the Lord has done for us, let us respond by using the gifts we have been given to share that joy and hope with friends, neighbours and strangers alike, that we may be recognised as His people by the Love and Joy and Peace which are the distinguishing marks of Jesus in His disciples.

May I wish you all a very Happy Easter.