The Festival of Pentecost
The Church crams into half a year's celebrations all the main events that happened during Jesus' life on earth, starting with his arrival as a baby, continuing with his ministry, his death, resurrection, ascension into heaven and the arrival of his permanent representative on earth - The Holy Spirit. It is this last event that we have just celebrated, the festival of Pentecost or Whitsun. It recalls how the disciples of Jesus were changed from a fearful group into people emboldened to speak out the Christian message.
Most of us value a friend in whom we can confide, somebody with whom we can share both good and bad news, who will tell us whether or not we are making wise and good choices, who will reassure us at difficult times. Throughout the ages Christians have experienced the strengthening power of the Holy Spirit - the presence of God himself with their lives. That same Spirit will be present in our lives - if we ask.
The Annual Church Spring FÍte raised £680. Our thanks go to both those who helped run it and also the many people who came and supported us. The proceeds will go towards the church fabric fund.
If you have recently been in St Agatha's, you will have noticed that, not only does the building need redecoration, but also the plaster in several areas needs to be replaced. We are also investigating ways to provide toilets and other domestic facilities so that we can make more use of the building without restricting its present arrangements.
The process of finding a new vicar proceeds apace; the vacancy has already been advertised and we await developments as several clergy have already shown interest. In the meantime services continue in our normal pattern.
Churches Together Wallingford Area
As part of the 850th Wallingford Charter celebrations Churches Together are organising a Songs of Praise to be held in the Castle grounds on 31 July at 5.00pm. This will mark the end of the weekend of celebrations. Come and enjoy the Sunday afternoon festivities and then join in with singing some favourite hymns.