St. Thomas a Becket


Holiday time

It’s holiday time, and I hope that this beautiful parish will be bathed in sunshine as you read…as I write we are and I love it! I love the changing seasons which we enjoy here in Wiltshire but of course being British means that we still have to complain about the weather … too hot, too dry, too cold, too wet, too windy, too frosty, too drizzly ... it’s just what we do!

It’s holiday time, and although people not tied to the school year may have their time away as a distant memory already, the Bible is clear about the need for a break. From the very first verses of the Old Testament ‘on the seventh day God rested’ through the Psalms ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ and into Matthew when we hear ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’

It’s holiday time. Taking a break is important, essential in fact if we are not to burn out and become exhausted. Our breaks of course can be wide and varied, from sitting on a sunny beach to climbing a snow capped mountain or to simply taking time out to sit in the garden, each of us are different in what recharges our batteries, but it is imperative that we do take a break, one way or the other. I will be travelling to see my precious family and special friends alongside walking my pair of whippets in this glorious parish. I hope and pray that you have plans for a break, a change of scene, some time out.

It’s holiday time … and in Box Church that also means Holiday Club. By the time this magazine is delivered we will be half way through our week of fun with Box Beach Bonanza – and although it’s possibly a ‘busman’s holiday’ for me, I love it because we in this area have the best children who are so much fun to spend time with!

It’s holiday time … take some time … relish some time … God’s creation is so easy to see in this beautiful Parish. So in the words from Psalm 46: Be still and know that I am God.