Rector's March 2015 Letter

Spring is a wonderfully appropriate time for thinking about ‘fresh starts’ of one kind or another, which of course is why ‘Spring Cleaning’ used to be a traditional household practice.  As the brighter sunlight shone in through streaky windows and illuminated the cobwebs that had passed unnoticed during darker Winter days, good housewives took advantage of longer days and better weather to pull everything out and clean into the hidden nooks and crannies, beating rugs outside to remove the year’s dust and generally giving themselves a fresh clean working environment to match the brightness of the season.

 

Spring Cleaning of a more internal kind went on as well – my grandmother was very keen to get us all eating spring greens and cabbage on the grounds that it ‘cleaned our blood’ – which might not be a very scientifically accurate description, but probably did have a beneficial effect in an age when fresh vegetables were quite limited during the winter months, rather like a modern day ‘Juice Fast’.

 

The season of Lent, with its traditions of Fasting, Prayer, Service and Giving to the poor, is a kind of spiritual version of this urge to spring clean.  I am always impressed when I chat to people, even children in schools, that everyone seems to know at least one thing about Lent, which is that it is traditional to ‘give something up’, the modern remnant of the older practice of fasting.  (‘Fasting’ in church tradition rarely meant eating nothing at all, by the way – it was usually a matter of not eating meat or dairy products, and perhaps (particularly for monks) eating only one meal a day.)

 

So often, I believe, the traditions which have ‘stuck’ in our culture and our consciousness have remained because they still have something useful to teach us.  So this year, we have based our Lent group around exploring these traditions week by week to see what their modern relevance might be, and how they can help us grow in our spiritual lives.

 

The Lent Group is open to everyone, whether or not you come to any of our churches, and will be meeting on Thursday afternoons from 2:30pm – 3.30pm (followed by refreshments).  It will be at Woodbury Church Rooms on Feb 26th (Fasting), March 5th (Different ways of prayer including silent meditation) 19th (Themes of Lent through Music, Words and Crafts) and 26th of March (Giving).  On 12th March it will be a little different - in St Swithun’s Church in the afternoon and then Woodbury Salterton Village Hall in the evening for a talk by Chris and Joanna Cant about their upcoming trip to Palestine.  Leaflets are available in the churches with more details of each session.

 

I hope to see you there, and share our Lent journey together.

Rev’d Karen Spray       01392 877400     church@revdkaren.org.uk


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