Reverend Katrina writes...
We're one month in to 2020 and I hope that all is going well for you and your families As I look forward to the month ahead, I see a couple of celebrations connected to the theme of love. The Feast of St. Valentine - or, as we would call it "Valentine's Day" - on February 14th has long been associated with romance and couples expressing their love through gifts of flowers, chocolates and greeting cards. And, added to which, this year we also have February 29th when - traditionally - a woman is free to do down on one knee and propose to her beloved one.
In our villages, not everyone has a partner for life or is searching for one, and others have lost the person who made their life feel so complete. So, I've been thinking about how Valentine's Day might offer something to everyone, whatever our situation or experience of love. Love comes in many forms and is God's greatest gift to us. Showing love to others, and receiving love, is when we most resemble our God who made us in his image.
On Friday 14th February, I invite you to pause for a minute or two to think about all the different kinds of love you've experienced in your life, and the people who have blessed you with their love. Give thanks for them. Contemplate too how you have shown love to others. How has being in - or feeling - love for the people closest to you made a difference to your live as well as theirs? And how have you warmed the hearts of strangers by acts of loving kindness? If you get the chance on Friday 14th, why not do an unexpected and generous act of loving kindness for someone to mark Valentine's Day and celebrate God's gift of love.
Whatever you have planned - as a couple or otherwise - for Valentine's Day, enjoy!
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A warm welcome to the benefice of Mears Ashby, Hardwick, Sywell and Overstone. Across our four historic churches, we offer a variety of services for people of all ages and stages in the Christian faith. We have traditional Holy Communion and Evensong services, as well as more contemporary and informal All-age worship. We also have regular coffee mornings (socials) and evening fellowship gatherings (faith discussions).
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