This lunchtime finds me typing away at my laptop, whilst sitting outside on the lawn in the rear Rectory garden. It’s good to be outdoors! Earlier today, I was able to complete what I label as my “4 park jog” – a bit of exercise taking in the wonderful green spaces of Whitworth, Platt fields, Birchfield and Swinton Grove and their respective parks. And it was lovely on my return to see our own church garden being utilised by the Wednesday toddler group, with the little ones enjoying the lawn and other areas to explore. Even in the midst of the city, we are blessed with green spaces where a combination of lawned grounds , and leafy boulevards (offering precious shade in these balmy times).
In our all age service last Sunday, looking at how God can use all of us in his service both young and old alike, and taking as our inspiration from the anointing of the young David, our prayer time utilised the church garden as a prayer station whereby we could take refuge and be refreshed “in green pastures”. Whilst the weather allows (and in the midst of prolonged uncertainty regarding Covid restrictions in the future), please be encouraged to spend a bit of time outdoors, or at least open a few more windows!), and take in some of the refreshment that God our creator wants to offer us.
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