Jared’s Blog

23 April 2017

Good morning everyone, and a warm welcome (in absentia) to Priestfield Church. It’s good to have you with us today joining in our worship and prayers. As I write this, I’m having a few days post-Easter break in London, while Jane is doing her work with the GDC. On Wednesday, I was able to visit my sister and brother-in-law in Northampton and enjoyed a lovely few hours blethering with them in their garden, as the sun shone on us. They are doing well just now, and Moyra’s condition is fairly stable. Please continue to remember them in your prayers, as they take this long journey together, not knowing how long it will be.

Jared – Study Leave

Study Leave has begun, and in preparation for our trip to Rome I have read Mary Beard’s book on the Colosseum, a very good read. We also watched a fascinating TV programme about a town on the Bay of Naples where many of the first-century Roman elite had large villas – Baiae. The same kind of volcanic activity that wiped out nearby Pompeii also resulted in the demise of much of Baiae, though rather than being buried under millions of tons of volcanic ash, it collapsed into the sea. At present, underwater archaeologists are mapping its shape and rescuing its treasures, shedding more light on the life and culture of the Roman Empire in NT times. More reading awaits, and the planning of places to see in in Rome in manageable daily chunks. One of the things that impressed me on our last visit in 2009 was the myriad of fountains in the old city, with constantly flowing drinkable water. I hope the weather will be such that we need it! During my Study Leave, those who are needing pastoral care because of illness or the loss of a loved one shouldcontact Amos (until the end of April). Rev Chris Martin is also willing to be contacted in case of need. Although I will not be around Priestfield much during this time, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Amos – Last Sunday and induction

The service next Sunday will be conducted by Amos, and 30th April will be his last Sunday with us. The family will move home in the first week of May, and his induction will take place on Wednesday 17 May, at 7pm in the Parish Church in Newport-on-Tay. If you would like to attend the induction service, please sign the sheet available in the Lounge, indicating if you need, or can offer, a lift. Directions to the church will be given later.

Messy Church – Saturday 29th April

In recent years, one of the most successful ways in which we have contacted families in the area is through Messy Church. MC began in the Church of England as a ‘fresh expression of Church’ where people of all ages can come together to explore a theme/Bible story through crafts, food, worship and fun. Regularly, we have been getting numbers that have surprised and delighted us, and not only the ‘usual suspects’ who are involved in other things. Messy Church is a crucial part of our Church life, so please pray for it, that we will be able to share the Good News and grow in faith together through this delightful way of learning.

Have a good week!


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Rev Dr Jared Hay
13 Lady Road
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