Hoping new church facilities will help people to find a few minutes’ peace

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: By Peter Garland, St John the Baptist Church, Spalding

Today’s pace of life can be very fast. When I came here from the South East in 1999, I thought Lincolnshire was a place with a more gentle pace. Now I am not sure!

We hope that the new church facilities at St John’s will help people find a few minutes’ peace

One reason is that one of my churches, St John’s, has undergone a major refurbishment. There have been so many meetings over the last years that it has absorbed much of my attention.

Add in a family bereavement and the normal round of school assemblies and services and it makes life a bit too busy.

One thing that has kept me sane over the last year has been a regular time of quiet at the beginning and end of the day.

Just clearing the mind of other things and focussing on breathing and silence is a great antidote to the busy-ness that surrounds me.

This is what we try to do in church – and we hope that the new church facilities at St John’s will help people find a few minutes’ peace.

One of the main things we wanted was a new chapel where people could go for quiet prayer by themselves or with a few others. Jesus felt the need to go apart and get some peace in his busy life.

Should not we follow his example in the build-up to Easter, the most special of Christian festivals?