Dear friends and neighbours,

March rears its head like a “heavy month”, with things happening at a national, local and personal level which will impact you and those you love.  Lent starts on Ash Wednesday 6th March, and there will be two different services that you can attend (10am in Mereworth, and 7pm in Offham) organised by the cluster (group) of the five local Church of England churches.  All are welcome to come and mark the beginning of lent with imposition of ashes or holy communion.

On 10th March, in its third consecutive year, The Revels in West Peckham bring together talent for the spoken and sung word from the folk world and with some local talent as special guests. You’ll need a ticket and there’s only a few left, so don’t delay and get yours.

Mothering Sunday falls on the 31st March this year, and the Children’s Choir will again lead the United service for that, but hosted at West Peckham this year (no service in Mereworth that Sunday). As in all previous years there will be posies for mums and many people ask to take a posy to their mother’s grave after the service. (Mustn’t be late for church as clocks change on Mothering Sunday). Mothering Sunday is a difficult day for all whose mother isn’t with them any longer, or for those whose experience of motherhood is tinged with sadness or loss.

And there’ll be Brexit in that last week.  The churches will remain open for you to pray for your government and leaders, and to lay your own anxieties for your family or business into God’s hands as the days unfold.

March will indeed be a “heavy” month, and I pray that you may turn to God for peace and solace during those difficult days. I leave you with a prayer, from the Celtic tradition which has regained popularity in recent years:

Go peaceful, in gentleness through the violence of these days.

Give freely, show tenderness in all your ways.

Through darkness, in troubled times let holiness be your aim.

Seek wisdom, let faithfulness burn like a flame.

God speed you, God lead you and keep you wrapped around his heart.

May you be known by love.

Be righteous. Speak truthfully in a world of greed and lies.

Show kindness.

See everyone through heavens eyes.

God hold you, enfold you and keep you wrapped around his heart may you be known by love.

“Celtic daily prayer for today” by Paul Field. Beautiful words to set your day right.

Yours in Christ

Rev’d Pat Dickin

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