Marion ‘Joy’ COX (Pluckley)
Joy died on Friday 5th February 2021 aged 84. Her funeral took place at
St. Nicholas, Pluckley, followed by burial in the churchyard, on Thursday
25th February 2021.
Norman Frank CORNWELL (Egerton)
Norman died on Saturday 13th February 2021 aged 95. His funeral took place at Charing Crematorium on Wednesday 10th March 2021.
Rita Irene ROBINSON (Hothfield)
Rita died on Tuesday 16th February 2021 aged 80. Her funeral took place at Charing Crematorium on Wednesday 17th March 2021.
John Antony ROBINSON (Hothfield)
John died on Tuesday 23rd February 2021 aged 76. His funeral took place at Charing Crematorium on Wednesday 17th March 2021.
Joyce Mary KINGSNORTH (Egerton)
Joyce died on Saturday 20th February 2021 aged 73. Her funeral took place at
St. James the Great, Egerton, followed by a service at Charing Crematorium, on Monday 15th March 2021
May God enfold Joy, Norman, Rita, John and Joyce in his tender love and care.
April 2021 Pastoral note
In the northern hemisphere Spring and Easter go hand in hand. New life returns to our winter grey countryside, and we look out for new born lambs in our fields, spring flowers and the first flush of green in trees and hedgerows. Spring has been long awaited this year, and yet it is expected and dependable.
The first Easter was different. Long awaited? Yes, the faithful prophets of the Old Testament, usually speaking at times of national disaster, held on to the promise that the Creator of all things would not abandon his people and the world that is His. Expected? Frankly no. Preconceptions got in the way. The Messiah would be a fantastic and triumphant ruler like King David who would rescue the nation. Jesus' disciples really didn't grasp that the reality would be so different. The terrible events in Jerusalem, the guilt of having abandoned Jesus and the empty tomb were a profound shock. Then came the truly unexpected and explosive experiences of resurrection, deeply personal and life transforming that would complete the purposes of creation.
After a truly terrible winter, with many of us losing friends and relatives to Covid, the exhaustion of our NHS staff, the psychological damage to our young people and economic and ecological difficulties ahead, the anticipation of Spring and Summer comes as something of a relief. Many hope that they can go back to a life enjoyed before. The Easter message is different. We cannot go back. And why would we want to? In spite of our selves, and our false sense of entitlement, Easter is the greatest assurance that we are created in love, and valued beyond our imagining. Our relationship with each other and to the world about us becomes radically different seen in this light. Any preconceptions fall away.
And so from all the Christian community of Calehill and Westwell to each other and to our neighbours, "A very Happy Easter". Or as the early church used to say of Jesus as a greeting ; "He is risen, He is risen indeed".
Readings for APRIL 2021
Thursday 1st April Maundy Thursday
Psalm 116. 1, 10 – end (or 116. 9 – end)
Exodus 12. 1 – 4 (5 – 10) 11 - 14 1 Corinthians 11. 23 – 26 John 13. 1 – 17, 31b - 35
Friday 2nd April Good Friday
Psalm 22 (or 22. 1 – 11 or 22. 1 – 21)
Isaiah 52. 13 – end 53 Hebrews 10. 16 – 25 John 18. 1 – end of 19
(or Hebrews 4. 14 – 16; 5. 7 – 9)
Sunday 4th APRIL Easter Day
Psalm 118. 1 – 2, 14 – 24 (or 118. 14 – 24)
Isaiah 25. 6 – 9 1 Corinthians 15. 1 – 11 John 20. 1 - 18
or Acts 10. 34 – 43 * or Mark 16. 1 - 8
11th APRIL 2nd Sunday of Easter
[Exodus 14. 10 – end; 15. 20, 21] Acts 4. 32 – 35* 1 John 1. 1 – 22 John 20. 19 - end
18th APRIL 3rd Sunday of Easter
[Zephaniah 3. 14 - end]
Acts 3. 12 – 19* 1 John 3. 1 – 7 Luke 24. 36b - 48
25th APRIL 4th Sunday of Easter
[Genesis 7 . 1 – 5, 11 – 18; 8. 6 – 18; 9. 8 - 13]
Acts 4. 5 – 12* 1 John 3. 16 – end John 10. 11 - 18
April brings lots of hope and expectation! We are due to start face to face meetings and can’t wait to get together again. Our risk assessments are done, the hut is ready and the young people are raring to go.
We have had some super Zoom meetings over the last few weeks. Our leaders have been innovative and produced fascinating programmes. Our young people have done their bit too. They have managed to gain some special badges that are only available during the lockdown. We hope that these will never be available again and will become collectors’ items.
We are still keen to increase our leadership team. If you want to be part of the adventure please let me know
Group Scout Leader
1st Charing Scout Group
Tutt Hill Farm Cottage