St Thomas the Apostle, Parish Church of Groombridge, East Sussex, United Kingdom Diosese of Chichester

May 2017 Newsletter from Revd Sharon Francis
 

Revd Sharon Francis

Dear Friends

Never work with small children or animals!

I thought my Easter morning all-age address was going reasonably well, drawing it to a close with the words of the angel in the garden on that first Easter morning: ‘He is not here!  He is risen!’.  The problem with children is that they listen to what is said, and they think about it, and they ask 

questions ….

‘If Jesus is not here and has risen, how does he give to charity now?’

Good question.  The young lad may have made the mental leap forward to the Ascension forty days later (25 May), but it was a good point.  How, indeed, does Jesus give to charity now.  Luckily, St Teresa of Avila came to my rescue when faced with this conundrum.  This is a version of her prayer which we often use on Saturday mornings.  It reminds us of the true meaning of being Jesus’ disciples now that he is no longer with us on earth.

Christ has no body on earth but ours,
No hands, no feet on earth but ours.*
Ours are the eyes with which he looks
With compassion on this world.
Ours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
And ours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.  Amen.

*Sometimes we add to this prayer:  

Christ has no money on earth, but ours.

And that’s how Jesus gives to charity now.

Every blessing,

Sharon


Organ Appeal

A church organ is what everyone wants for those big occasions - baptisms, weddngs, funerals - and for our weekly worship. 
At St Thomas' we want as good a sound as we can get.
 

It is time to replace our under-powered 1843 drawing room pipe organ (seen here) with either a good digital organ or a new pipe organ to be built by a local organ builder.  This will enable us to enlarge the vestry space behind it.  We have some money already but need to raise about £20,000 more through the generosity of the people of Groombridge.

If you would like to donate towards this appeal, please pick up a form in church and use the Gift Aid scheme if you can.  We welcome gifts both great and small, and thank you for your interest.

Revd Sharon Francis MA BTh - The Vicarage, 4 The Close, Corseley Road, Groombridge TN3 9SE
Telephone 01892 864265
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