June 2019


As we move into the month of June it is with awe and wonder that we view the countryside around us and thank God for his creation.So forgive me as I start this bulletin with a poem, but with all the building work that is taking place locally it struck a chord

A builder builded a temple.
He wrought it with grace and skill;
Pillars and groins and arches
All fashioned to work his will.
Men said, as they saw its beauty,
‘It shall never know decay.
Great is thy skill, O Builder!
Thy fame shall endure for aye.’

A teacher builded a temple
With loving and infinite care,
Planning each arch with patience,
Laying each stone with prayer.
None praised her unceasing efforts.
None knew of her wondrous plan,
For the temple the teacher builded
Was unseen by the eyes of man.

Gone is the builder’s temple,
Crumbled into the dust.
Low lies each stately pillar,
Food for consuming rust.
But the temple the teacher builded
Will last while the ages roll,
For that beautiful unseen temple
Was a child’s immortal soul.

God is the master builder. What he creates He builds anew each new day, each week, month, and year. He fashions anew the seasons as each year passes by and each harvest in our harvest festivals we give thanks for all he has created.  We will never in our time have answers to all our questions but by tending the seeds of knowledge we have, it may help us to act to leave a  better tomorrow for our children.

It is also that time of year when so many of our children are undertaking exams and are working on building future paths through life. We must thank God for the gifts given to each one of us, which help us build our community, the Open Gardens in Preston and Village Day in Whitwell. Days where we work together building our friendships working as a community, celebrating this place where we live.

The building taking place in our village may not be a pretty sight at the moment, but one day it will be someone’s home and part of their journey through life, a roof over their head, and a few extra pairs of hands in our community to help out. Life for none of us can stand still, we may struggle to move on but I believe Gods plan is all part of a bigger picture.

With love