Gosh, the Summer Holidays have only just started and here I am thinking already about September and everyone going back to school and work! It is always an interesting time, full of new beginnings and challenges.
Last month we had the farewell appearances in athletics competition of Usain Bolt and Mo Farrah – although I am sure we will continue to hear of their exploits in other areas away from the running track! But there is a sense of new talent coming through, of change and development. That is in many ways the best legacy of these two outstanding athletes. And that seems to fit quite well with the Autumnal beginnings of the academic year.
In the Jewish calendar, and for Jesus too, it is also the time of the New Year. Rosh Hashanah begins this year on Wednesday 20th Sept and concludes on Friday 22nd. With the harvest over, it was time to think of new beginnings, of putting all to right, settling any outstanding debts – to other people and to God.
So maybe it is a good time to think ourselves of reviewing our “debts” – in terms of the charitable contributions we make? Recently the PCC were considering how we might develop a policy regarding legacies – not only how such contributions are made, but encouraging our regular members to think about leaving a legacy within their wills … and of course, you have all made a will haven’t you? (If not, take this as a timely reminder to do so – it really is the kindest thing you can do for your loved ones. So they are spared the anguish of not knowing how you wanted to dispose of your property, if something unexpected happens. This is not being morbid – it really is important and worth doing and revising regularly!)
We are extremely grateful to all our past benefactors – who have blessed this parish in years past. Thanks to them, we are able to keep the church fabric in great shape; it would be wonderful to think we could also undertake more active ministry in the community through the generosity of departed friends.
September is always associated with Harvest and every other year with the Scarecrow Festival which we have to look forward to again this month! I am truly in awe of all the hard work and effort that goes into this event. I know it will be spectacular once more and that much fun will be had along with the labour. I do hope to be back in the village to see it all – even if I cannot help much this year. But I am sure my physio exercises can incorporate a tour of some of the scarecrows!
Oh well, new challenges and new beginnings; remembering the past and looking forward to the future.