Parish Magazines
Each month the Priest-in-charge writes a letter for the parish magazines. It is reproduced below. Previous letters are available on the Archive page.

Revd Scott Watts is the Team Vicar serving the parishes of Aston-sub-Edge, Dorsington, Honeybourne, Pebworth, Weston-sub-Edge and Willersey. Scott writes,


Green shoots!

Poor old February. On the surface, it doesn't have much to commend itself to us, does it? There's no major festival or celebration among its days apart, of course, for St Valentine's Day - unlike December, which has Christmas, and January, which has the New Year. February's days remain relatively short and the weather can be, well, variable! And yet, during this month, we will see all around us many signs of new life. Some sheep farmers will see the first of their lambs born during February. Shrubs and trees will be covered in buds, and snowdrops, already brightening up the garden here, will put on a glorious show. All of this reminds us that Spring, warmer weather and longer days are on the way.

At a recent Church Council meeting that I attended in one of our parishes, I was heartened beyond words to hear someone say that they sensed we were beginning to see 'green shoots' in that particular church. Wow! I long to see that, not just in the churches that I serve, but in churches up and down this United Kingdom. That longing is not about numerical growth for the sake of it, but because I'd love to see more and more people come to encounter and know the life-changing, life-fulfilling Living God. As St Augustine, an early Christian bishop, so aptly puts it, "You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you."

These 'green shoots' are God's plan for us. Speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, in the Old Testament of the Bible, God says,

'"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."' (Jeremiah, Chapter 29, Verse 11 (NIV))


What wonderful words. I believe those words to be true for our churches, our communities and for our nation - in spite of the current political uncertainty. They're great words to reflect on in this early part of 2019. If your heart is restless, may you find fulfilment in the God who created you in His image, and may you see and experience the 'green shoots' of new life and new hope all around you.

With love



Rev Scott Watts

Team Vicar




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