Although the main events of Easter are now behind us and no more so than in the celebrating of our Risen Lord on Easter Day – the season of Easter continues until early June and concludes at Pentecost when we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

There is however another feast, one of the principal nine, which falls between the two – which of course is Ascension Day.  Ascension Day takes place on a Thursday forty days after the Resurrection.

During those forty days Jesus showed himself on many occasions to his followers, Ascension Day bringing these appearances to a close.  Jesus took his disciples on to the Mount of Olives and as they watched he was lifted up, and a cloud removed him from their sight. (Acts 1:9)

There will be a service of Holy Communion at 10.00am that day – Thursday 26th May – at which I shall be presiding – so please do come along and we can celebrate together.

Spring is probably my most favourite time of the year, you can smell the freshness in the air, although our dear dog Amber, being a scent hound, always finds plenty of other smells to be getting on with!!  On our early morning walk – not that early 8.00am – we always try and spot as many animals and birds and now the weather is warming up insects as well.

 In spite of the ‘Joys of Spring’ the reality of life soon hits home when you watch the news – those terrible events in Ukraine and here back at home how rising prices are causing so much misery as people struggle to make ends meet.

As we know from the events of Palm Sunday – that Jesus’s triumphant entry in to Jerusalem was astride a donkey – a noble beast – that symbolised that Christ was entering as a King of Love and Peace and not of War – and was prepared to pay the ultimate price for those he had come to save.

As Christians, we too must be prepared to do all we can, in which ever way we can to love and support others in need – be it in the Ukraine or closer to home.

With every blessing,   Revd Phil Smith