Christ Church

The Rector's Letters

July/August 2022
The Sun is out,
The grass is ris,
I wonder when when my Holidays is’,

Kia pic for July August 22

So my mother used to say around this time of year! Freedom has never tasted so good! With many of us having had to postpone our much anticipated travels from the last couple of years we, at last, free to roam.

Rest is a vital part of what it means to be human – we are, after all human beings, not human doings – something I find tricky to remember at times!

Sabbath rest is a concept we have distanced ourselves from over time. We are a driven race living in a competitive, success driven culture and so taking proper rest can be viewed as being self-indulgent and even lazy but it is crucial to our well-being.

Even God took a day off!

So whatever your plans over the summer months, sit back, relax and enjoy!

With every blessing

Rev’d Kia

June 2022
Reflections from the RectoryPic for Kias June PN letter
Laughter and joy are a bit like yawning – they’re contagious!

Growing up I don’t ever remember seeing a picture of Jesus laughing, but I bet you he did – a lot! He loved a party, loved being with his friends and was definitely the one to have around if the bar ran dry!

I’m a fan of laughing, having fun and parties and I’m finding ample opportunity for all this within these beautiful villages and with the people I am meeting.

As the Abinger Mediaeval fayre approaches I find myself wondering what Jesus would make of it? I bet he would get stuck in – dress up, have a dance around the Maypole and be found propping up the bar and having a good ‘ole chuckle with his friends!

Well, if it’s good enough for him…….

Kia's First Letter as Rector - May 2022
As I write this I am reflecting on my first, rather full, two weeks of my time here with you!

Easter has just been and gone and we have walked together through Holy week with services at Coldharbour and Abinger where we remembered the Institution of the Lords supper; Good Friday, with reflections on the stations of the cross which then bought us to the celebration of Christ Rising on Easter day. It was wonderful to see and meet so many of you at these services and I look forward to getting to know all of you better!

As a family, can we take this opportunity to thank you so much for the incredibly warm welcome that we have received since moving here with special thanks to all those who helped organise the Licensing service and the delicious refreshments afterwards at the Abinger Hatch; your generosity and bonhomie have been second to none!

As we enter May (my favourite month and nothing to do with the fact we have 3 family birthdays!) it signals the beginning of village fete season, and I am so looking forward to the much anticipated Coldharbour fete on the 21st May.

Whether you consider yourself a church-goer or not I would love to meet you – so please, don’t be shy – I’m always up for a cup of tea and a chat! You can contact me on 737106 or the new email rector@abingerandcoldharbour.org With every blessing

Rev’d Kia