This month’s letter is all about first’s and last’s, this is the first edition of a combined
magazine for all the local churches in Tideswell and surrounding villages. I think that this illustrates and embodies the unity that we as Christians in Tideswell share together. This doesn’t mean that we all must be the same, or worship God in the same way, it means that we choose to be united with each other in love. Romans chapter 12 verses 4 – 5 tells us: “For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.”
I really like this image of us all making up a body, it shows us that whoever we are, whatever we do, we are an important part of the whole. I remember once having bad toothache, it got so bad that I just didn’t know what to do with myself, I couldn’t sleep, eat or do anything, it turned out to be an infection, and ultimately, I needed to have my tooth removed. However, the strangest thing was that my whole body was aching due to this tooth ache, showing that whatever affects one part of our bodies affects all of it.
Paul the writer of Romans is urging Christians to remember that we are all part of each other, and so whatever we do or whatever happens to each of us affects all of us. This is not just for difficult things such as toothache! it applies to good, bad and everything in between. We are called to be those that stand together, those that work together, have fun together. We have just had wakes week, where we have done all those things, with this magazine being another piece in the jigsaw of our togetherness and unity.
So, in this first combined magazine I am writing my last notes from Pursglove Lodge, as I am sure that most of you are aware that Dave and myself will be moving to Leicestershire in August, where I take up the position of vicar of Newbold Verdon, Barlestone, Kirkby Mallory and Peckleton. One of the things that I will take along with me is the unity that you all share as Churches Together, I have really valued and appreciated being part of this special relationship and will take you all with me in my heart, remembering the example of unity that you have demonstrated to me.
With love and blessings to you all, Sue