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,

Time out!

"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (St Matthew's Gospel, chapter 11, verses 28-30, NRSV)

As I write, we are just a few days away from the end of the school term and the 2017/18 academic year (hear the collective expressions of exhaustion from many teachers and school staff!) Traditionally, this is the time of year when some people make time to 'get away from it all', either by going on holiday of by having the increasingly popular staycation, or holiday at home.

If you are about to head off for your holidays, I hope that you have a wonderful, safe and enjoyable time. But, even if you're not, may I encourage you to make space in your life for some 'time out'? As human beings we are, well, exactly that - human, not super-human! We need time and space to lay down everyday burdens and pressures and to recharge our batteries. Jesus modelled this in the gospels. His ministry (that is, his service of others and his work for God) was busy and, of course, important. Important as it was, though, he made time and space for himself, often, in his case, to pray and spend time in his Father's presence. As well as being fully God, Jesus was also fully human and knew what it was to be tired and burdened.

In the quote from St Matthew's Gospel at the beginning of my letter, Jesus issues a personal invitation to all who are 'weary and burdened' to come to him for rest, recuperation and refreshment. He invites us to 'learn from him' and that means that, as well as working hard, we need to find time to rest.

Whatever you're going to be doing over the summer, and regardless of whether or not you're going away, I pray that you will make some time and space for yourself - because you're worth it!

With love,


Rev Scott Watts

Team Vicar




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