Thought for the month

Autumn 2021

A message from Matthew:

Some of you may remember the film Forrest Gump. Made in the 1990s, it was very successful and has become quite famous. Something that people particularly remember about it are the clever quotes that pop up throughout the story.

Perhaps this one is the most enduring and well remembered, and was what reminded me of the film this week. “Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you are going to get” The reason this quote has endured is, I suspect, because it is so true. It reminds us that life is ever changing. So much is out of our immediate control. We never know what is around the next corner, what is coming our way. Perhaps we need look no
further than COVID for proof and reminder of that, and I’m sure we will all have our own individual experiences that come to mind as well. But we need remember too that this quote is also trying to remind us of the better things in life. So many of those unexpected things also bring us joy and happiness.

We were sad to say goodbye to Duncan, who after 13 or so years at St Christopher’s has now retired. We wish him all the very best for a well deserved retirement, and are immensely grateful for all he has done for this community.

Although retirement is not exactly unexpected, like the next chocolate from the box, the effect it can have on those that remain can be. Suddenly things are uncertain. “What will happen now?” “What will we do now?”

The answer to the first question is easy. I will remain a part of St Christopher’s and lead our worship, and also take funerals, baptisms, weddings, as well as offer guidance and support to those who need it. And soon a new vicar will be appointed.

And what will we do? We will continue to be here for all the community of Thornhill, offering those events that people so appreciate and enjoy.  Everyone is welcome to come and be part of what St Christopher’s has to offer. The Church is not so much a building, but a community of people living out the love of God as Jesus has taught us. That doesn’t mean that every chocolate from the box is our favourite, but the ones we don’t like are perhaps easier to bear!

With love and blessings,
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