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Thought of the Month

February

I like it when we get excited by the first signs of hope about the coming of spring. I like to see the first snowdrops and capture that sense of excitement that ‘better’ is just around the corner.

I think that many of us are longing for better times and wonder what signs of hope might be. I wish all signs of hope were as easy to see as snowdrops.

There are many situations that we live with that seem to have no possibility of hope. Caring for partners with cruel and chronic conditions seems hopeless. Being burdened by shrinking means and unremitting debt seems hopeless.

Even in church life where our church family seems to be constantly declining and demands of property and finance increase seems hopeless. Sometimes the wish for someone to relieve us of our burdens can seem overwhelming. Where do we find the hope that helps us carry on?

The gift of faith is one place where hope is found – the assurance that God loves us, and God gives us strength. The gift of our Church family is another place where hope is found; where people pray for us, stand alongside us and by being there offer hope.

When we see the first snow drop what we experience is hope – winter is still with us and we know that nights are still dark, snow and frost are possible. The gift of hope allows us to cope and know that there will be something different.

The gift of the Church family allows us hope to cope; we know that the problems we face are still there, but in the support, prayers and time people have for us we know that we can continue.

The gift of faith lifts our eyes from looking down to looking up and allows us to live in a bigger world; one that isn’t limited by the things we touch and feel and fear. It is the hope that death is not the end; that love continues, and we are held and strengthened both in the love of God and the love we have for each other.

Let us take the gifts of hope, let us cherish them; let us use them to cope where we need to cope and live where we are able to live. Let us trust in God and let us be simply those people we are meant to be.

Malcolm

 

We are situated by the crossroads right at the heart of Stotfold. We extend a warm welcome to everyone, whether local residents or those 'just passing through'.

The present building was built in 1869 and still serves the local community.

Our Sunday morning services usually take place at 10am, although a couple in the month start at 9.30am. Check on the 'Sunday Worship' page to make sure.

One of our monthly services is based around the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

See the 'Sunday Worship' page for details of our Services.

 
 

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This Month's Quote
Loving God means keeping Gods commands. And they are not burdensome.
John 5:1-4