- St Peter's Rectory
- Byers Green
- Co Durham
- DL16 7NL
Monthly Letter from Priest in Charge
The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray; the sun has got his hat on and he’s coming out today!
Well let’s hope that there is plenty of sun this summer and that the children have a wonderful time playing in and around the parish during the school holidays. Those of us for whom school holidays are a distant memory can still, nevertheless, remember something of what they were like. I have happy recollections of long summer days out playing with friends and going off on long bike rides or swimming in our local outdoor swimming pool. I can also remember sitting in a car by the sea in Cornwall eating sandwiches looking out at the rain beating down and putting an end to any thoughts of playing on the sand or in the water!
But we don’t need to be children to enjoy the sunshine and to have an opportunity to ‘play’. Adult ‘play’ takes many forms: some more energetic or cultural or restful than others. The important thing is that we all make time this summer to recharge our batteries in some way and to simply enjoy the summer period, whether we are getting away from home or staying put.
People sometimes think that Christians take life far too seriously which is a real shame. Jesus said, in Luke 18:17 ‘Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ Children have a wonderful capacity to find enjoyment in the simplest of things and we can learn so much from them. We are made in God’s image and, as we have an inbuilt capacity to play, then I believe that God created us with that capacity as a reflection of His own nature. Yes of course we were created to be useful, to work and to steward the earth but we are also created to enjoy all that the Lord has made. So this summer I encourage you to take some time out to have ‘fun’ even if much of what you are going through feels hard work or challenging.
With every blessing
Rev Caroline Friswell