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Hello everyone, I am Fr Robert Lane and I have the pleasure of being the current incumbent in the Parish of Borden.
This page will be used to share the articles I write for the Parish Magazine and highlight anything important that has happened in the parish. I will also post sermons and useful articles
JUNE 2023 MAGAZINE ARTICLE
Hello everyone and welcome to the June edition of our Parish Magazine albeit’s still May but June will soon be busting out all over.
By the time you read this we will have had our parish APCM, where we will have agreed the accounts and annual report, ready to submit them to the diocese. Kathy has been working really hard as our church warden and our treasurer to produce her reports and get the year end accounts prepared and scrutinised, on top of looking after her home and family, so I would like to begin by giving her a huge ‘thank you’ for everything she does to help and support me and for the wider church, we are truly blessed by all that you do.
Talking of thanks I would also like to thank Fr Jane for putting together such a wonderful Thanksgiving Service which took place on the eve of the Coronation of King Charles. Over 110 people came along to the service in the evening to pray for our new monarch and our country, at such a momentous time. It was lovely to see so many people in church and hopefully now, everyone that was there, has received a commemorative medal, as we had to order a further consignment because we ran out on the night.
That’s one of the best things about being in Borden, the coming together of our community at such special times throughout the year.
With special times in mind coming up next weekend we have our first ever (during my tenure as your priest) Summer Fayre being held in the Vicarage garden, on Saturday 3rd June between 2pm and 4pm. I hope as many people as possible will come along and help to make the afternoon a great success.
The following weekend we have our annual Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham where Chris and I will be going with a dozen people, to give thanks at England’s Nazareth, in the North Norfolk countryside. Thank you to Doreen for organising the weekend including the transport and worship timetable. If anyone has any prayer intentions they would like offered, please drop me a message or an email and they will be left with Our Lady, to intercede for us, to God through Christ her son.
Then we will only be 3 weeks away from the beginning of July and Fr Janes ordination to the sacred priesthood. Please do keep her in your prayers as we approach the culmination of years of discernment, prayer and study. I know there is a list at the back of the church for those that would like to share transport to Canterbury Cathedral to support her on such a wonderful occasion. Please ensure your name is on the list as soon as possible, so she can arrange the coach with plenty of time. Then we will come together on Sunday 2nd July for her First Mass. On that day there will still be an 8.00am service but there will NOT BE a 9.30am service, instead we will gather at 3.00pm and Fr Jane will celebrate the Eucharist for the first time. This will be followed by a drinks reception in the church gardens. Please try to arrange your diaries, so as many of our church community are able to come along and celebrate with her, as she becomes a priest in Gods church and leads us in our worship.
Finally, Summer is just around the corner (you can tell that because the ride on lawn mower has broken down yet again, as it does every year) and thankfully it seems the rain has stopped and spring is in the air. I have my first wedding this weekend (followed by another one next weekend and another when we come back from Walsingham). Looks like its going to be a very busy few weeks but for that Thanks be to God
With prayers and blessings.