This Month's Message

Harpley, My Life is my Message." Mahatma Gandhi

Revd Sue Martin

Assistant Priest










Snowdrops and aconites, such a joy to see these flowers start to appear and a sign that Spring is on the way. Winter is not my favourite month and by February I am more than ready for the days to lengthen and for signs of Spring.

Snowdrops emerge into our gardens and churchyards with their perfect flowers delicately poised to let us know that all is well. They represent new beginning, hope, rebirth, and an ability to overcome challenges. Such good news. We have certainly had challenges in the last year to overcome!

A verse from the book of 1 Peter, Chapter 1 ‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus’.

At church we will be starting the season of Lent, which comes before Easter and is a time for us all to just take a look at where we are. A time to relook at the New Year’s resolutions, revitalise our lives, time for each other, ourselves, our friends and families and our communities.

We have made huge strides this last year; we have schools which are thriving and centres of all our villages, we have a Food Bank in Gayton which is jointly run by the St Nicholas Church and the Jubilee Hall and has enable many lives to have some hope for the future, our churches are renewing their place within our villages. Many of our churches are open all day, offering you a quiet place, a place to walk to and sit a while, a place to remember all those we have loved. In our churches over Christmas, we had more than 1000 people in total at our services, that includes the school carol services. Real joy in coming together!

The church Lent season starts on Ash Wednesday, 22nd February and lasts for six weeks until Easter.  The day before is Shrove Tuesday which goes back to the Anglo-Saxon times and a term used for confession before Lent which lasts for six weeks until Easter.  Shrove Tuesday was traditionally the last opportunity to use up eggs, which may have been stored over the winter until the hens started laying again in the Spring. Giving rise to Pancake Day! A day for enjoying some fun food and maybe even the odd Pancake Race or tossing the pancakes.

God Bless, have a great February 2023, and enjoy the pancakes!

Rev’d Sue Martin


Father, be with us as we emerge into the Spring and fill our hearts with sunshine, joy, and warmth. Guide us in all that we do, be with us in our lives, surround us with your love.  Amen

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