It's been a really special Easter time, the team and community exploring Jesus is growing. We had a lovely family fun afternoon in the church garden with a nature trail, egg hunt and leaf threading. We continue to have café gatherings with two recent baptisms and always lots of interactive items - ie mummifying one of the young people! The foodbank is ever busy and we provide lots of advice and signposting. The local community are taking leadership roles in the foodbank, a new small group and coffee morning. Its always real, fun and there is never a dull moment!
Here's a super poem written at the UE Cobridge team's weekly gathering.
A selection of objects were scattered on the carpet and those present asked to select one and reflect on how it made them feel, or prompted their thinking.
Rosemary for remembrance
Stimulating senses, stirring synapses
As I hold your woody stem, I realise
the vast variety of memory I retain.
I also know the cycle of forgetting
has removed much from my ability to recall.
Still this enmeshed mass of memory
makes me ‘me’; holds my individuality.
The good, the bad, the joyous, the painful;
I would not willingly surrender even one of them.
But into your hands they go, my Lord,
with all I hold dear, all I have learned and all I am yet to know –
for my tomorrows are less than my yesterdays.
Nothing is lost in You and each now
moment of remembrance is blessed
and savoured in the sharp sensibility
evoked by a stem of rosemary.
Veriditas – the greening of memory rising.