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Rector's Ramblings  -  Preparing the Ground

I moved into our current house just over 18 months ago.  Before we moved, we had a large leylandii that was in the new garden cut down.  It was too big for the size of garden, too close to the house and was blocking lots of light.  By the time we moved in, only the stump remained.  Many months later, I have finally got around to digging out the stump, turning over the soil and removing stones and roots.  I have now constructed a wooden border for this patch of the garden to create a raised bed.  All I need now is some more topsoil and some manure and I'll have an area to grow things I can eat!

It's taken a while to get to this stage.  It's taken a lot of effort.  I'm now moving from the 'clearing out' stage onto the 'growing' stage.  I just need to decide what to plant!  Then, hopefully, there will be a 'harvesting' stage.

Our journey of faith can often mirror nature: There are times when things need to be cut out, or removed altogether.  There are times when things need to rest and be left for a while.  There are times for planting and growth.  The first stages of preparing the ground can be hard, it can take a long time, it can sometimes be painful, but unless it is done, whatever is planted will only have limited opportunities to grow.

The apostle Paul wrote on more than one occasion about getting rid of the old, before taking on the new (eg Ephesians 4:22).

We're well into Spring now - a time when a lot of growth happens in nature.  May it also be a time of growth in faith... but is there some 'clearing out' that needs to happen first?

Rev Phil Michell





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Future Events

Mon Feb 26 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Feb 27 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Feb 28 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Mothers' Union Meeting
Mon Mar 05 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Mar 06 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Mar 07 @ 1:15PM - 01:45PM
Funeral of Raymond Denning
Fri Mar 09 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
Quiz night
Mon Mar 12 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Mon Mar 12 @ 7:15PM - 09:00PM
Deanery Synod - making your buildings work - loos and shops
Tue Mar 13 @ 1:00PM - 01:30PM
Memorial Service for Richard Edminson
Tue Mar 13 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Mar 14 @10:15AM - 11:15AM
Hulland Home Communion
Wed Mar 14 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
Funeral of Flora Dawkins
Wed Mar 14 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Atlow APCM
Thu Mar 15 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Messy Church meeting
Sat Mar 17 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Hognaston Church Coffee Morning
Sat Mar 17 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Hulland Spring Fair
Mon Mar 19 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Mar 20 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Hulland School Easter Service at Church
Tue Mar 20 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Mid Day Med