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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman
 

Dear Friends,

‘Happy New Year!’

This past year has not been an easy one for any of us and as we look back on it, we will tend to focus on those things that made it the challenging and difficult year that it was. However, when we consider things more carefully we will appreciate that there is much more to be thankful for than we might first think!

At St Mary’s we launched our delayed 800th Anniversary celebrations with a visit from Bishop Martin on 24th October. Since then the ongoing course of the pandemic has once again restricted what we have been able to do and plan for in subsequent months and into 2022! That having been said, we have put together a ‘Mission Action Plan’ to help us shape the work we will be doing as a church in the coming few years. This will require commitment and effort on behalf of all those involved in the life of St Mary’s Church. We are very committed to our parish community and want to find ways to serve the people of this area more effectively.

In 2022 we will be officially launching  the ‘Friends of Pulborough Parish Church’ which is a revamped version of ‘The Friends’ that has been in existence for a number of years but has laid dormant in recent times. However, we are very grateful to those ‘Friends’ who have stayed faithful during this period by continuing to regularly support us.

As we begin 2022 we are still not sure how the pandemic will affect our future arrangements but we are planning ahead and looking forward to some good community events and activities. We all need something to look forward to whatever situation we are in and one of the frustrations of these times is not knowing what we can look forward to and when?!! As with everything, these things too will pass and we must remain hopeful that better and sunnier days are ahead.

Let’s look forward hopefully, despite the present difficulties and current uncertainties. For Christians, the one whose birth we have just celebrated, tells us not to worry or be afraid for God is always out there ahead of us, with unexpected possibilities prepared for us.

May God bless us all in this coming year with the knowledge we are each greatly loved and uniquely precious.

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr Paul Seaman (Rector of Pulborough)


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