May 2018 Newsletter from Revd Ellie Goldsmith

NEWS from LADOCK CHURCH for MAY 2018

 

We hope you have recovered from eating all your Easter Eggs!  We were glad the Easter bunny visited Ladock!

Our Easter Celebrations (on April Fools’ Day!) were happy and thought-provoking as we considered whether it is wise or foolish to be a follower of Jesus, trusting him for our forgiveness and for our long-term future. 

Related imageWe also renewed our Baptism vows (traditionally done on Easter Day) with a good splash of water to remind us of how we started on the Christian path.  Wherever that journey takes us, we always have to begin at ‘King’s Cross’.                                                                                                                                                                     

So Easter marks a beginning and not an end – it gives us a ‘sure ground for faith, and a firm support for hope’, God forgiving us, changing us, motivating us, bringing out the best in us (and dealing with the worst!):  lives that count and make a difference here and now, and eternally.

 

The beauty of springtime reminds us of all this, and puts a spring in our steps and in our souls!

Our life’s journey can take us over all sorts of terrain, so, on our Christian pilgrimage, it’s so good to know God’s protecting and guiding hand holding us all the time.  Pilgrimage is about reflection, mindfulness and attention, giving God space; it’s about having a goal in view, and making discoveries along the way.

St. Paul writing to early Christians in Philippi put it like this:

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have arrived. But one thing I do:

Forgetting what is behind and reaching out toward what is ahead,

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

I hope this is something you can echo, and if you need a bit of help and encouragement along the way, do get in touch; I’d be delighted to talk it through.

 

On Easter Day we received and dedicated a new hymn board, beautifully made by Dennis Keam, rather symbolically, from different coloured woods.  Thank you Dennis. 

We were also able to have available, to buy, small ‘holding’ crosses – with a special offer of ‘buy one, get one free’ – on the condition that one would be given to someone who would appreciate this.  We know that many people have been helped to remember God’s peace and presence by holding a cross, especially when walking along life’s rough roads.  We do have a few left in Church if you would like one to two.  We thank Anthony Whetter for making most of the crosses.

You can, of course, find details of current events on our website; here are a few highlights for your diary:

Friday 27th April:  Exploring our World: ‘Solar Eclipse over America’, presented by Andrew Nicholson,

7.30 pm; tickets on the door, £5

Sunday 29th April:  Team Service at Ladock Church, 11.00am

Tuesday and Wednesday 1st and 2nd May:  Interviews for a new Team Rector

Thursday 10th May:  Ascension Day Service, 7pm at Probus

Sunday 13th May:  ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ events; varied programme between 2-9pm at Truro Methodist Church

                               Christian Aid Week begins

Saturday 19th May:  Spring Cleaning Day

Sunday 20th May:  Pentecost Sunday, usual time, 11.00am

Friday 25th May:  Exploring our World:  Madagascar and the Galapagos Islands: origins and consequences’,

                                    presented by David and Gail Jones; tickets on the door, £5

Sunday, 17th June:  Ladock Fete, 12.30pm, preceded by Morning Prayer in Church 11.00-11.30am

Revd Ellie Goldsmith, Team Vicar, Tel. 01872 520192, ellen.goldsmith@btinternet.com

Safeguarding Officer:  Jane Sloan  jsloan24@btinternet.com           www.ladockchurch.org.uk


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