Parish News is a monthly magazine covering the 10 villages which make up the Easters, Rodings and Great Canfield.
Our editorial team produces an 80 page magazine for the months, February, April, June, August, October and December covering church news, reports from village groups and details of events coming up, plus a whole range of articles of general interest. On alternate months, January, March, May, July, September and November the team produce a 44 page magazine.
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The vicar’s letter for July 2022 is below.
July is part of the trinity season, what the Church calls ordinary time, which simply means there are no large feasts and no calls to fast. But ordinary time is also a time when we celebrate important saint’s days and of course harvest.
Harvest is usually celebrated just before we move into the Sundays before Advent, but in the past rural communities also marked the turning of the seasons and would set aside special Sundays to pray for God’s blessing on the land. As Summer got into its stride and the first cereal crops were ready to be harvested a special Sunday called Lammas Day was celebrated.
The first cereal crops were gathered and ground to make a loaf of bread which would be used on Lammas Day for the celebration of Holy Communion. This year we will be marking Lammas Day on Sunday 31st July, when I hope members of all our communities will come together to walk and worship.
We will start at Leaden Roding Church at 9.30 am with a small act of worship and those who are able are invited to walk along the pathways to Aythorpe Roding Church. Along the way we will stop and pray with thanksgiving for the crops maturing in the fields. When we arrive at the church to join with those who travel to Aythorpe Roding by other means, we will celebrate Holy Communion using our own Lammas Loaf.
I hope this simple way of worshipping will be both a pilgrimage and an early harvest celebration. something which from earliest times God’s people would do by bringing the first fruits of the harvest as a thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness. Pilgrimage, a good description of the disciple’s journey, is seeking to be closer to God, but also travelling with him along the way, being fed by both sacrament and word, and understanding that we are all part of the harvest of God’s own making.
Every Blessing, Rev’d Robert Stone