This week's highlights:
Services continue through zoom, and at least one church is open each week for a live service. This week the main service is at 9.30am at Dickleburgh. Please ring the Rector 01379 676921 for the Zoom link.
Download the pewslip for details of the week, or contact the Benefice Administrator.
A Message from Our Rector, Sarah
Over the last months I have really enjoyed at times to be part of the online services that Canterbury Cathedral have produced. It was also really great to go and visit the cathedral in the summer although it was not possible at that time to go inside of it. Canterbury though holds much history and in particular St Augustine, who brought Christianity to medieval England in the 6th Century. At the time England was divided into many warring kingdoms but it was Kent that was chosen as the place to begin Augustine’s mission, most likely because of the powerful position of its ruler, King Ethelberht who was married to Queen Bertha who was already a Christian.
Saint Augustine then was welcomed into Kent and he and his companions were allowed to hold services in the ancient church of St. Martin’s which is where it is believed that Queen Bertha worshipped in. Eventually King Ethelberht did convert to becoming a Christian which is when the abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul was founded in Canterbury in 598 and of course Saint Augustine became the first Archbishop of Canterbury for the Church in England.
Reflecting through Saint Augustine’s life and mission is rather amazing and it does make one consider what life would be like now if he hadn’t had come to England. There are many lessons to learn from Saint Augustine who had an amazing gift of faith in our Lord Jesus who filled the gap in his heart with God’s love which then enabled him to be a channel of God’s love to others.
Saint Augustine of course wrote ‘Confessions’ which is the story of his journey to adult Christian faith. As we approach the darker evenings it may well be worth a read of it if you haven’t already read it as there is much to learn from this wonderful character who courageously came to bring the Christian message to the English people.
I hope that perhaps next year it may be possible to arrange a Benefice visit to Canterbury Cathedral and discover more about Saint Augustine who is the founder of our Christian faith here in England. I hope that you are able to draw strength and encouragement by being reminded of him particularly as we keep living through this pandemic. One of his most famous quotes is the following which I hope will inspire you this week and in the weeks to come:
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. Patience is the companion of wisdom.”
May God bless you this week and as always please do feel free to contact me at any time if you would like a chat or you have any concerns.