Church is Changing
Yesterday, 17 March, it was announced by the Archbishops of the Church of England that public services of worship will not be held until further notice.
I am collecting and communicating my thoughts as we all are, in the midst of general upheaval and rapidly evolving circumstances, news and advice. It has not been clarified whether or not this period of suspension will extend to Easter Sunday. The news has coincided, inconveniently, with a week or so in which the telephone and internet have not been available to me.
Meanwhile, prayer remains ‘...the voice of prayer is never silent...’ It is an activity that people of faith can employ at any and every time and in all places. Our church building, hallowed by centuries of prayer remains, as always, open to everyone, and as is my custom I will be praying there daily, morning and evening and at other times. It stands as a sermon in stone which has been speaking from long before I found my way into the pulpit. I am here to minister to all [not just churchgoers] in this parish, wherever spiritual need is expressed. With the cessation of public worship, both regulars and non churchgoers are genuinely all in it together!
I will offer the Eucharist frequently on behalf of us all during this period, remembering that although I may be physically alone, this service always takes place ‘with angels, archangels and all the company of Heaven’
I may not be able to get online at the moment, but the world, the parish and friends are still out there and do not cease to exist because Utility Warehouse is on a go slow! More seriously may the need some have to self isolate remind us that we have already a society where many are isolated in other ways. I pray and dare hope that the current crisis may help create a more thinking, compassionate society, though inevitably we have and will hear stories of the opposite, fear driven reaction.
If ‘Church is Changing’ this has always been the case. The Church of England is in many ways so different from that into which I was ordained more than thirty years ago and so it should be, for to change is to live. Yet in the current turmoil and in whatever lies ahead the important things, while changing, are constant. As and when technical difficulties allow I will post updates. As well as Rusper Village Facebook, St Mary Magdalene’s now has its own church page, so look out for us.
In place of the services page I offer and commend to you, with thanks to fellow Sodalist Fr John Francis Friendship SMMS advice on how to make a spiritual Communion when one is unable to attend church. Like good hygienic practice to physical health, regular prayer is a spiritual safeguard.
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2 hours ago
Looking for a home for 2 american silkie cockerals. Due to having to move quick need to find home for the boys sadly 😢 They are beautiful, they produce lovely chicks. I hatched them last year from a very good silkie breeder. Currently only looking for homes for the boys. But may have to sell the whole gang. So will have 4 hens to go also. Rather they all stay together. Please pm for more info thank you (cage I built last year and connected it to shed cost £300 to make, if you can dismantle it happy to sell that to cheaper)x ... See MoreSee Less
15 hours ago
Good evening Rusper peeps.
Love them or loathe them , there are quite a few people in the area who ride horses and drive carriages on the roads around Rusper . There are virtually no bridlepaths in the village or surrounding areas, so there is no choice but to ride on the road .
Am sure most of you know the pass slow and wide recommendations that have been publicised recently and for all those that do try to be patient and considerate, I thank you .
Yesterday there was an incident at the bottom of Steers Hill, involving girls on 3 of my horses and a Blue 02 plate Range Rover . I do have your reg number and a photo of you driving it .
You only have to wait for a short while until it is safe to pass, and my riders will always pull over if there is a suitable place .
You gesticulating wildly for them to get out of the way , and then when you do drive pass, to make a show of revving your engine as you pass at speed is simply dangerous . They couldn't hear exactly what you said, but don't think it was friendly .
you have been reported to the police, and all my girls have been told to film or photograph any cars that hassle them in anyway .
Luckily the horses behaved impeccably and the riders all stayed calm . But a rider was only killed a few miles away at the start of the lockdown , a few weeks ago and I hate to think what could of happened one of the horses had panicked .
So if you do read this and know who you are , don't do it again, 30 seconds to wait behind a horse isn't a lot , all riders are grateful if you are considerate, even if they don't show it (some can't always take hands off reins !!) ... See MoreSee Less
Should name and shame the driver...gross behaviour. You are in thr countryside, there are horses on the roads, get used to it!
I’ve lived in the area for nearly 30 years and can honestly say the driving standards and behaviour the last couple of years is unbelievable. A small minority of drivers simply cannot wait 30 seconds. I’ve resorted to wearing a camera now..... really shouldn’t be necessary but it’s so dangerous on the lanes.
I’m glad your girls and the horses are ok x
Can’t say I love or loathe them but I do respect their right to be there, I always pass at a safe distance and appropriate speed .. probably costs me a few seconds but always get a wave of thanks ...
I don’t why they have to go so fast and can’t wait just a few minutes !! 😤
So sorry to hear the girls had to be subjected to that. What a total idiot. We get the odd driver over here who will insist on accelerating towards us or being rude and it’s horrible just mightily thankful for safe horses. Shop them Pauline! Having spoken to a traffic cop previously about this he said nothing gives them greater pleasure than turning up at these peoples doorsteps and giving them what they deserve. Having saved a bit of money over lockdown I’m seriously considering getting a head cam now for when I ride out ...
Very well said. I hate my girls riding out on these roads now. I would happily open up the bottom of our field to riders if it linked to any bridlepaths. Anything to avoid the roads!
Poor girls & horses, horrible experience for them all x
Well said quite agree
2 hours ago
ROMF (AKA OMF Rusper) can restart this Friday @ 9am. We are limited to 5 people. So please check availability ... See MoreSee Less
Hi Liam, haven’t seen you in ages!! Can you pm me the deets? X
7 days ago
Some lovely new stuff in, just look at these roses! Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 to 4 ... See MoreSee Less
Are you still selling compost?
Same old thing! A couple of bags left, next delivery promised last week! I am sure it (might) will come this week! 🙈
Lucy Miners xx
Did you need egg boxes I have a few
How much are the Campanulas
How much are the roses?
Do you do veg
Do you have any hydrangeas?
Jordan Budden pop down?!
Sara where are you
Do you have any duck eggs.
Where are you please?
15 hours ago
Is anyone looking for work? maybe furloughed and need to top up your income? I am looking for someone from 6am to 2pm 7 days a week, happy for 2 people to job share. Easy work, nothing strenuous, must be over 18. Message me for details ... See MoreSee Less
PM u x
Can I work for someone else while on furlough? Technically you can get another job while on furlough - as long as your boss doesn't mind. That's because being on furlough means you are still employed under contract by your employer, which means you could be in breach of contract if you do accept a new role. But if you do want to take on some temporary work, you should contact your HR department or boss to see if the terms of your contract can be re-negotiated to allow you to do so.
Hi sara I have messaged you x
Can I have details please
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