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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

Did you know that the first week of June has now been designated as National Volunteers’ Week? I suspect this will be news to many of you. It is a week when we are encouraged to express our thanks to all those thousands of people who freely give of their time, energy and talents to serve the communities of which they are a part. This service is given in a multiplicity of ways and as a result community life is  greatly strengthened and enriched.

Here in Pulborough there are many examples of people who give much time and effort to arrange and promote community events and activities, as well as those offering practical help and assistance to those who are especially needy and vulnerable. If they all decided at one time to withdraw their time and labour, I believe we would be surprised at how much would be missing  and the huge gaps there would be in the basic fabric of our society. We rarely appreciate who and what we have until it is taken from us. This is surely one of the lessons we have learnt out of the experience of the pandemic.

I am personally very grateful to all those volunteers who support and maintain the life of St Mary’s Church which operates for the good of the whole parish, whether you are regular members of the congregation or not. Without these volunteers who are committed to the Church’s mission, we could not keep the church building open and we would not be able to function as a worshipping community, who are called to serve all those in our local area.

The truth is every one of us could be counted among those who volunteer our services, in order to make a difference for good wherever we live and or work. We all have something to offer, even if it is just a listening ear and a comforting or reassuring word. After all these are things we all need, especially as we come out of this very troubling time and readjust to a post-pandemic world.

We thank God for all of you who volunteer; who make a positive difference to other people’s lives. I pray that you will remember that, according to the scriptures “..it is more blessed to give than to receive”  and in that giving you may come to be greatly blest.

With my prayers and best wishes
Fr Paul Seaman (Rector of Pulborough)


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