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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

'It is more blessed to give than to receive'

At the time of writing we have just held our annual  village Harvest Fair. I understand that this has been the first time the weather has not been good for this event. However, it was still a good occasion to meet people and to see displayed the work and activities of many local groups and organisations.

For me this event will mark the passing of another year here in Pulborough as last year's Fair was held on my first weekend as the Rector of the Parish. In this first year I have got to know a good number of people in the area and I look forward to meeting many more in the year ahead. I have been made aware of the numbers of individuals who work so hard on behalf of the wider community. This includes those who organised the Harvest Fair , those who serve on the Parish Council, the Pulborough Community Partnership and in many other ways.

In Pulborough we have particular challenges in seeking to build up community life as there is no obvious physical centre to our village and we have two main roads which 'cut' the village into four quarters! So it is good there are so many who are determined to ensure that our village is a place we are proud to live in, despite the frustrations of traffic and parking!

Harvest time is an important time of the year and one of the marks of the autumn season. It gives us an annual reminder to say 'thank you'; thank you to God for life and its many blessings ,thank you to others for all that they do for us ,all of which we so easily take for granted.

One of the important ways we can show our gratitude is to ensure that we don't just receive from the hands of others but we give into the hands of others, including the giving of ourselves in the service of others. As Jesus is quoted as saying:  “it is more blessed to give than to receive” Acts ch 20v35

Thank you for making me feel a part of this community in my first year here.

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Paul Seaman  (Rector of Pulborough)


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