Church of England Diocese of York Barmston with Fraisthorpe

Richard's Article for August's Village Voice

16 Aug 2020, 1:10 p.m.

One of the features of living on the east coast is that there’s always plenty of wind! It’s a rare day that the wind turbines are completely still, and even a very warm day on the beach is cooled by the sea breezes. There’s the annual kite festival at Sewerby, and the other day I cycled past some paragliders, skilfully making use of the updrafts and the air currents to manoeuvre their craft.

Even with the much more accurate weather forecasting we get nowadays, the wind is still hard to predict. The turbines are designed to rotate freely to harness the most energy, whatever the wind direction, just like the windmills of old. A family flying a kite must contend with sudden gusts interspersed with moments of calm, which requires a degree of skill.

Jesus used the wind to describe the Holy Spirit, and his effect on the people He inhabits. “The wind blows wherever it pleases,” said Jesus in John 3. “You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is hard to predict, and He directs his people in ways they might never have imagined, filling them with the power and the love to obey the Father’s will. Like a bracing wind, the Spirit takes our fearful selves and lifts us into new ways of being, new projects and new adventures.

Speaking of the wind, we were sad to be turned down for a main grant from the local wind farm trust for maintaining the churchyard – lack of funds was the reason given, presumably with a large number of calls on a limited amount of money. But the good news is that Craig Turner has volunteered to take on the grass mowing from the beginning of August, and we’re extremely grateful to him. We’ll continue to pay for John Kershaw’s Garden and Tree Services to cut the hedge twice a year.

Once again, we are grateful for one-off donations we have received, which have bought us a few months’ respite. But we are still looking for regular members and regular monthly givers, and I’m about to issue a press release about our current situation.

God bless you all. Richard