THE REVD STEPHEN HAZLETT (our interim priest) and his Thought For The Week

The Revd. Stephen Hazlett is our Interim Priest. He is here to advise us and be a presence when a priest is needed for baptisms, weddings or funerals.

Stephen is also available for prayer requests, pastoral  and hospital visits and end of life care.

He will also visit emergency situations.

His contact details are:

tel: 01557 620132

mobile: 07800 231360

email: stephen.hazlett@greyfriarsstmarys.org.uk

The Vestry continues to be in charge of the routine running of services and management of general church affairs.

STEPHEN’S THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK (31 January 2021):

This Sunday celebrates the Presentation of Christ in the temple, or ‘Candlemas’. The central characters in this drama are two old people, Simeon and Anna. Both bless the child Jesus in his formative years and confirm Him as He Who would change humankind and history forever. Rembrandt’s famous painting of The Presentation adds a holy light. By tradition Candlemas sees processions of candles lighting darkened churches. Even Presbyterian Scotland, well into the 20th century, had a tradition of children bringing candles to school and raising money. The child who raised the most was crowned Candlemas king or queen. Today’s ‘smart’ society dismisses age, yet our churches would close permanently if it were not for the contribution of senior citizens— the Simeons and Annas of today. Thank you. I love what Oscar Wilde observed: “ Youth is wasted on the young!” Stephen Hazlett

QUOTE of the WEEK: ‘Do not go gentle into that good night, old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the light’ — Dylan Thomas, dedicated to his father.

NEWS: Sadly our churches have to remain closed at least for the next few weeks, according to government legislation. We await further advice from the SEC and diocese. I continue to read Morning Prayer in the churches on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the usual service times. SDH