Pastoral Letter

October Pastoral letter from Fr Kevin

Dear Friends

I would like to begin by saying a huge thank you to everyone involved in our Flower Festival that was held in September. It was a truly wonderful occasion!

In September Adam Ransom was licensed at St Mary’s Hampden Park as Priest in Charge of St Mary’s Hampden Park and St Peter’s The Hydneye. Bishop Richard (The Bishop of Lewes) presided at the licencing and the people and clergy from St Mary’s Willingdon attended the service to support Adam at the beginning of his ministry in this part of Eastbourne. I hope that St Mary’s Willingdon will, in time, work more closely with St Mary’s and St Peter’s. By the time this magazine has been printed Adam and I will have spent time together; to think and pray about how we can be a loving witness to Christ in the northern part of Eastbourne. I believe that it is a very exciting opportunity for us as a parish and I look forward to working together with Adam for the glory of God.

In October we shall be holding our annual Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday 14th. This occasion gives us the opportunity to stop and thank God for all his blessings and his gifts of love to us. It is also, in this season of Harvest, a time to remind ourselves of our responsibility to care for others. At St Mary’s will shall be collecting food produce and this will be distributed to those in need. Please bring your harvest gifts of tins and dried food to church on Sunday 14th October. Thank you.

One of our most well-known harvest hymns has the line, “Come ye thankful people come” and that’s us! We come to this parish church, set aside to praise God, to thank Him for all his blessing in our lives. We may make an offering of food in thanksgiving for what we enjoy but think of the other things that God has given us so freely. The gifts of health, family and friends. Whatever you value and is special to you, may this time of Harvest be an opportunity to come along to your parish church and gives thanks to the God who knows and loves you.

With all my good wishes and prayers, your priest and friend.

Fr Kevin