Letter from the Clergy

CLERGY LETTER FOR APRIL
This month we look forward to Easter, Easter Sunday being on 17 th April. Easter is the most
important festival of the Christian year. The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation stone on
which the Christian faith is built. Without His resurrection His name would have been
forgotten many centuries ago. There would be no church buildings and no Easter
congregations to proclaim “Jesus lives”. St Paul writing to the Christian church at Corinth
says “If Christ has not been raised your faith is futile”. But he goes on to declare “But in
fact, Christ has been raised from the dead”. On Easter Sunday we proclaim that fact loudly
and clearly. It is a tradition in this benefice that there is a church service on Easter Day in
every parish. Please consult your church notice board to find out the time of your local
service.
Leading up to Easter, during Holy Week there is a full programme of church services
throughout the benefice. For instance Compline is being celebrated at Harescombe on
Monday 11 th April at 6.30pm; Celtic Prayer will take place at Sheepscombe on Tuesday 12 th
April at 6.30pm; there will be “Worship in poetry and music” at Pitchcombe on Wednesday
13th April at 6.30pm. The Diocese comes together at the Cathedral on Maundy Thursday at
11am. This is the service when the clergy of the diocese come to renew their ordination
vows and are addressed by our Bishop The Right Reverend Rachel Treweek. In addition to
the clergy, church members and others from throughout the Diocese are welcome to
attend.
On Good Friday 15 th April, “Churches together around Painswick (CTAP) are organising a
procession of Christian witness around the village commencing at 10.30am at St Mary’s.
This is a united ecumenical opportunity to declare our faith and demonstrate the meaning
of Easter to the village. The procession ends at the Church Rooms where we share a hot
cross bun together. You are welcome to join this united witness.
Have a good Easter.
Revd David Newell