The drought continues in the western states. However, this is not bad for everything. For an opuntia cactus, the drought is just part of the natural cycle of life. See the photo taken in my front garden. Being in the right place and doing what it is supposed to be doing is clearly a good thing as the opuntia shows with its rich bounty of fruit.
That made me think of Christians being in the right place and bearing fruit, as Jesus said. St. Mary’s place is in Battersea as part of the community. We reach out to the families around, to those in need, those needing spiritual guidance. We offer, as a small example, Sunday school, a safe space for the pre-school group, regular Alpha courses, contributions to the Food Bank, a special relationship with the Katharine Low Settlement, as well as many other ties through the work done by Asi. This is in addition to our regular services, home groups, monthly parish lunches, concerts and other events.
I am happy with our activities mentioned in this edition of the newsletter. Read about events in September. Read about the concerts and other activities happening this Autumn. Read about what is happening in our churchyard. Read about our Harvest Appeal. And don’t forget the Fair! I am excited to be part of this vibrant church community.
No wonder some of the fruit of St. Mary’s is changed, improved and meaningful lives. All this just by being in the right place and doing what we are supposed to be doing.
Praise God! Emrys Lloyd-Roberts
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