June’s “Letter from the Ministry Team” comes from Revd Phil Smith

Revd. Phil Smith writes: –

Dear friends,

I am writing this letter on the longest day of the year (June 21st) when we had all so hoped that the Co-vid restrictions would have been lifted – on reflection that was perhaps a too ambitious target – so roll-on July 19th and let’s see what that brings.

The fact is none of us know what the future will hold – that is in God’s hands and it is to Him that we have to place our trust.

There is a passage of scripture that I read daily (well almost) – which is taken from the Book of Jeremiah Chapter 29 verses 11-14 – if you are not familiar with the passage grab your Bible or go online and have a look. It speaks of God knowing the plans He has for us, looking out for our welfare protecting us from harm and giving us a future with hope.  But then God goes on to remind us that, that will only happen if we make a real effort to engage with Him to seek Him out in prayer with all our hearts – as my dear Mother- in-Law Enid would have said – we need to ‘Work at it’.

 Which reminds me, if I would ever forget that Charlotte and I will be celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary on July 7th which coincided with our move to Newark, crossing the threshold of our first home together and just as significantly crossing the threshold of our new church to be together – St Giles at Balderton – when Revd. Charles Young was about to retire as Vicar. 

Who could have foreseen the plans that God had in place for us and although there have been challenging moments over the last 30 years – we have got through them with God’s help and the love and support of our family and friends and no more so than those we have made at St Giles and All Saints’ both in our home village of Coddington and at Barnby.

Our deep-felt love and thanks to you all.

I think it is only fitting I should end with the often-repeated words of my Father-in- Law Dennis – ‘We have everything, but everything to thank God for’.   

So let us enjoy this summer and make the most of it and look forward to the day when we can worship together without our masks!

Every Blessing

Revd Phil