March sees a number of significant events in the life of the Benefice of Gamlingay & Hatley with Everton. St Mary’s Church in Everton has its Annual Meeting on Sunday 16th March followed by lunch togtether. This is a time to elect officers, to receive the Annual Report and to share opinions and ideas about the coming year. St Mary’s Gamlingay, which is joined with Hatley St George to form a single parish, has its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 23rd. If you are on the electoral roll of the church at any of these churches then do please come along and share your views. And if you’re not on the church’s electoral roll I would encourage you to come and complete a form and show your support for your parish church.
Also, in the evening of Sunday 23rd we welcome the Bishop of Ely to Gamlingay for a special Lent Evening service. He will stay on afterwards for a time of questions and discussion. If you have a question that you would like to ask Bishop Stephen then let me know, or better still come along. The service begins at 6pm, followed by refreshments and then the forum for questions at about 7pm.
March is also the month when Lent begins and the serious business of preparing for Easter. From Ash Wedsnesday (5th March), Christians all over the world will be fasting, reading the Bible, attending specially arranged services and prayer groups and all kinds of other activities. Much of Lent is spent in private contemplation but it is also a time to share with others, a time to open up hearts and minds to how God is moving in our lives. I would be delighted to share with you some of the activities we will be providing in church over the period of Lent and into Easter - details are avaiable from the church.
Revd Steven Rothwell