From the Church Pew.
Owing to a technical problem the article entitled “From the Church Pew” was omitted from the July issue of the Hollingbourne Parish Magazine. The article is written by Brian Hardy from Leeds on behalf of the Leeds and Hollingbourne Benefice which includes the churches in Leeds, Broomfield, Hollingbourne and Hucking. Please Read More for the article.
July is a time when many people take their holidays – the weather is warm (I am of course tempting fate as I write this a month in advance!) and school and college terms are finishing. For some of us however it is not possible to get away. Let us not forget our neighbours who are house-bound – either through their illness or because they have responsibilities for family or friends who are in need. As the population increases in average age most of us know someone who is affected, so do remember that it is not only in the depth of Winter that they will welcome a visit. It is an act of neighbourliness that every one of us can offer. People can feel as isolated in warm weather as in cold, and the elderly can suffer in the heat as well as from lack of warmth.
During this period of inter-regnum the local clergy are fully stretched and of course they too need to take a break sometimes. We will do our best to keep our church services going, but if in the holiday period we occasionally have to make changes, please bear with us. If you find that the only service on a Sunday is not in your nearest church, take it as an adventure to travel that short extra journey! In such cases another neighbourly act is to offer lifts to others, to help them make the trip.
And if you are taking a holiday, I hope you have a wonderful time, and come back fully refreshed.