News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2022: The Sixth Sunday of Easter
This Sunday is all about reflecting on the past and looking ahead to the future. In our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles there is an account of disagreement amongst the early followers of Jesus. As a result, delegates are sent out to dispell mis-information and to 'set the record straight'. Look carefully for the phrase “It has been decided by the Holy Spirit…” and one can start to see the influence behind the various activities that are recorded throughout this book of Acts. In the Good News of John's Gospel, Jesus tells the disciples: “I have said these things to you while still with you; but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.” So we are still reflecting on the past as we rejoice in that first Easter Day, celebrating the joy of the resurrection and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. But we also look to the future: to Ascension Day this Thursday when we mark the occasion 40 days after Easter, when Jesus was taken up to heaven; and to Pentecost when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This Sunday we hold our Annual Parochial Church Meetings when we too look to the past (but only the past 12 months!) and also prepare ourselves for the year ahead. The meetings will take place immediately after the 10.30am Parish Mass, so please be prepared to stay for a little while afterwards. The first meeting is the Annual Meeting of Parishioners (and is actually open to everyone who is on the Register of Electors in the Parish!). At this every short meeting, we thank the Churchwardens for what they have done and we elect the Churchwardens for the following year.
This is then followed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting which considers the Annual Report and Accounts and elects the members of the Parochial Church Council who are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the church, and keeping track of our finances and ensuring that we have the necessary Safeguarding in place to keep our young people and vulnerable adults safe. The Annual Report and Accounts look to the past, but what is most important is what we can do in the future to bring the Good News of God's Kingdom to the people of Kenton.
The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 21st May at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 22nd May at 10.30am, followed by the Annual Parochial Meetings.
“Jesus said: If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.”