This Month's Message











My Life is my Message." Mahatma Gandhi

Revd. Jane Holmes

Team Rector






June 2019



First of all – thank you to all of you who continue to send me well-wishes and offer prayers for my continued recovery – it’s been quite overwhelming – Thank you!


I have an excellent medical team caring for me who are working with me to improve my strength and control pain levels so that I can more actively return to my duties and ministry among you.  I will perhaps ‘never be the same again’ but I am very thankful for life and for the medical team around me. 


Folk have asked ‘will you be able to cope’? My answer – YES!  Because it is all about teamwork.  However, my return is likely to be ‘phased’ as I build up strength and stamina and the existing ministry team (who have been amazing!) and I are going to need more help and support in the months ahead.


You know, each one of us has a part to play in the health and life of the church, and actually that’s vital if we want to see our village churches thrive (or even survive) for future generations.


Our churches and our communities rely on the goodwill and hard work of an army of volunteers to support and maintain much of what happens in our villages.  Indeed, it has been said that the health of a community can be judged by the actions of its volunteers. The people who give freely of their time to make a difference in the lives of everyone around them, in more ways than we can count.


Our churches, what they are and what they do, should reflect the heart of the communities in which they stand.  There is a place in our churches for everyone to belong.  A place where we can all find friendship, comfort, love, joy, peace and fun!  


Being part of the family and the team at your local church absolutely isn’t just about filling a slot on a rota. It’s about recognising that a healthy church is built by people using the gifts and energy they have to serve. Church life is built on those teams of volunteers: people who, yes many of them, ‘turn out’ Sunday-by-Sunday, but who also serve, one way or another, as part of a team.  It isn’t just about giving time on Sunday’s – there are lots of weekday jobs too that it’s so easy to take for granted because they are always just done - unseen. And many of you are part of that team covering needs such as - winding the tower clock every week, daily opening up and locking up our churches so that they are available for everyone all week long, keeping our churches clean and looking beautiful with flowers, caring for churchyards etc.


Coming to church does not mean you will be given a job to do (unless you want one!) but I do want to express my sincere gratitude and love to all those of you (and there are far too many to name) who help and support me – and indeed all of us.


  • So, if you’re already a volunteer – part of our team - Thank you!

  • And if you’re wondering ‘what could I do to support my church?’  Talk to us!


They say there is more joy in giving than in receiving.  Jesus, our servant King, taught us and showed us that there is also more joy in serving than in being served.


Much Love

Revd Jane




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