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Letter from Revd Leonora Hill, 'Signpost' & services - July & August 2021

on Fri, 25/06/2021 - 1:00pm

Download a PDF copy of 'Signpost' at the link below.

Revd Leonora Hill
Email: [email protected]

Dear Friends,

Respice Prospice is a fairly common Latin motto often used by schools and other similar organisations. Its meaning – roughly translated as looking back looking forward - invites us to reflect on the past but at the same time to look to the future. This summer seems as good a time as any to do just that as we continue on the path through and, we hope, out of the current pandemic.

Something in our human nature draws us to make sense of what has happened by ordering it into a sequence of happenings and, reflecting over past events can be a useful way of helping us learn lessons for the future. On the other hand, some of us are more naturally inclined to look ahead, to anticipate, plan new experiences and, put the past behind us. I’d like to suggest we need to do both, to take time to process the past but also to look forward with hope and seize new opportunities to do things differently.

This summer our churches are focusing on a time to Refresh, Reflect and Reconnect. Then in the autumn there will be the opportunity to explore the theme of Looking back ↔ Looking forward with The Revd Charles Chadwick who is the Parish Development Adviser for our Dorchester Archdeaconry and the Mission & Ministry Department lead for the rural church. (9:30am – 12:30pm Saturday 9 th October: Griffin Memorial Hall, Sparsholt – more details in September). To aid our conversation you will find a short questionnaire in this month’s Signpost and also in our churches, the first opportunity for everyone in our villages to begin to contribute to the discussion.

We very much look forward to receiving your replies.
Linda Soames