Vicars's letter April / May 2019

During May we remember Mother Julian, one of Norfolk’s own saints. Julian lived as a solitary in the centre of Norwich and, following a severe illness, wrote down the revelations that she had of God’s love for her. These came in the form of vivid pictures and many remain familiar images today in Christian circles. She was the first female author in the English language and in her time she was sought out as a source of wisdom.


Julian lived in a time of great uncertainty. England was at war, either with others or internally, and those called to fight had little protection and no sophisticated weapons. Being wounded was usually fatal. At the same time, the plague roamed the streets of the cities and huge swathes of people died because of it. Added to this, poverty left many hungry and struggling for survival. In the midst of this turmoil Julian had probably her most famous revelation that: “All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well”.


We too live in uncertain times, politically, financially and ecologically. It is hard for us to imagine a stable future and to lift ourselves out of the downward spiral into which we seem to have been sucked. Easter offers us a reminder that God’s love overcame death and that the risen Jesus offers us new life, based not in material things, but in that everlasting love. If we can find that love in our world, in our relationships and in our hearts - whatever name we have for it - then we may be able to share the hope in which Julian lived that, by and by; “All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”


May resurrection joy be yours this Eastertide,

and may you be richly blessed with hope,





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Vicar's letter February / March 2019

Decisions, decisions! Our lives are full of them. From the moment we wake up in the morning we make decisions about what to eat, what to do and what to say. We’re actually very good at making decisions. Sometimes things don’t turn out well, but they can be great sources of learning for the future.

We make decisions collectively too. Democracy functions at all levels in our society and many of us will be involved in organisations where decisions are made by a board of trustees, or a committee or steering group. Sometimes the members of these groups are elected by us to represent us; and sometimes they are those who are willing to stand. When this is the case we need to remember to be supportive, especially if we are not prepared to put ourselves forward as they have.

Decision making seems particularly important in the coming few weeks. For the Church, it’s the time of our annual meetings when those who will represent us at local and national level in the running of the Church are elected. As you will read later in the magazine, this is the year when we completely renew the “Electoral Roll”. Do check whether you are eligible to be on it and register, so that you can have a say in how our churches are run to the benefit of our communities in the coming year.

Important decisions for our country will also be finalised in these weeks. Those of us who are eligible to vote have had the opportunity to elect our Members of Parliament to represent us. This might be a good time to remember them in prayer, or in some other way, as they make difficult choices and deal with the publicity and pressure we place on them - and the knowledge that “you can’t please all the people……”.

Of course, we can make a decision about how we deal with the outcome of our decisions, be they national or personal. We can choose whether to be negative, or to look for the positives and find the glimmers of hope, no matter how dismal the outlook may be.

As spring begins to blossom around us may you look for and find the green shoots of hope that will grow and flower in the months to come.





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