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?