Revd Jackie

Rev. Jackie Bullen

Letter from the Vicar - March

Where are you going?

How do you like to find your way? Some people like to go on to the internet. They look at websites such as the AA or RAC and put their start point and their destination into the little boxes and lo and behold the screen flashes and shows the route. It gives mileages, instructions, shows places to buy food and drink, roadworks, overnight accommodation and all manner of things you didn't even realise you might want or need to make that journey possible.

Or you may be someone who has a Sat Nav, that wonderfully compact yet clever device which seems to know more about what is possible than I ever will. It tells me where I am now, it seems to know the best way to where I want to go and it even 'advises' me on which is the fastest, the shortest or the most picturesque route. I have a great deal of respect for the designer of the Sat Nav but I do worry when it starts to tell me off in its seemingly frustrated tone of voice to 'turn around when possible'. It doesn't quite go as far as to say 'you silly person' but I feel it would like to.

Or you may like a map, that large book printed in colour with blue lines for rivers, and railway lines, towns, cities and roads in different colours to denote their type, so that you can decide whether they are suitable for you to use. Maps give so much more information than I ever have the time to take in and I am always promising myself to 'take a closer look when I have more time' which of course doesn't happen.

For some people, it is a case of starting off in the general direction and then watching out for signposts along the way, hoping that the signposts will be regular enough, clear enough and correct so that they help to make the journey possible.

I wonder which method you use or prefer. Maybe you use different ones at different times. Maybe you are not keen on technology and prefer a piece of paper in your hand. Maybe you like the thrill of just 'winging it' or perhaps you really don't mind where you end up or when. We are all different and our Christian journeys may also be similar to those suggested above: some planned carefully, some more loosely organised, some going along on a wing and a prayer and others wandering around and enjoying the view as we go.

Perhaps this Lent could be a time for us to stop and think about our faith journey and how we wish to proceed. Are you happy with your level of planning or would you like to do more? Do you have a destination in mind or are you enjoying the views along the way? The Wednesday lunches are followed by reflections and the Wednesday evening Eucharists also have space for listening and reflecting too. Why not join us? You may well hear some new and refreshing ideas. All are welcome.

Our life is often referred to as a journey, so maybe this is the time to think about where you are going, which road might suit you best and where you ultimately wish to hear the words 'You have reached your destination'.

With best wishes and prayers