Letter from our Vicar-- May 2017 (Continued from Home Page)
…For me, it’s the start of the season – the dancing season, that is. While my ankles were still up to morris dancing, this was the day we first performed outside, in public. Up until now we’d been rehearsing, teaching new members and learning new dances. May Day saw the start of dancing proper, when we could see if the practice had been worth it. No more meeting in some school hall or another; now we went round the pubs. As you can imagine, we looked forward to this day!
But why May Day? What’s so important about this particular day? It’s not the equinox or the solstice or anything like that. It doesn’t mark anything particularly significant in the agricultural or the church year. It’s the start of a month, of course, which makes it easy to remember. But I think the main point is that, by May Day, we know summer is on the way. The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, the plants are growing and all sorts of animals are having young. May Day is the feelgood festival and there’s nothing wrong with that!
For us this year, the bank holiday is as early as it can be, the 1st of May, and many of us will take the opportunity to do summery things – if the weather behaves itself! And, this year, by and large it has been. We’ve had some sun, we’ve had some rain. On the face of it we’ve had pretty normal weather.
But we all know that our weather is changing. We haven’t had a really cold winter for several years now and those long hot spells in July that were such a problem while I was still teaching are long gone. Our climate is changing and, much as some cannot bring themselves to accept it, most of us realise that it’s our production of carbon dioxide that is the root of the problem.
But, of course, our slight changes are as nothing compared with what some parts of the world are experiencing. Increased storms, more flooding, unreliable rainfall and already rising sea levels are having a serious impact on many people, often the poorest in our world.
Jesus told us we must love our neighbours and reminded us that neighbours are not just the people who live next door. You have neighbours all around the world even if you don’t know them. So this May, and especially on May Day, pray for them and keep reminding our politicians that the problem of climate change must be kept on the agenda.
And do have a merry May.