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Vicar's Column

By Church Office ( ) St John the Baptist Parish Church

Thursday, 29 April 2021


St John the Baptist Parish Church Contributor


As we journey through Eastertide, encountering the risen Christ afresh, and progress through the stages of the Government roadmap out of lockdown, it could be said that we are entering into the “Recovery” phase of the pandemic. However, a word of caution, it is not like recovering from a one-off disaster like an earthquake. This is not a linear recovery. We have been here before and been sucked back into it again. Fears abound about variants from India and elsewhere. Until the world is in recovery, we are not out of the woods. We really do live in a global village.

Now is the time for us to recalibrate before things ramp up again. Jesus took time out before he faced the crowds. Healthy recovery involves engaging with our emotions, integrating our losses, and embracing our new reality. It includes remembering, reflecting and recuperating.

Remembering embraces thanksgiving and lament. We remember, with thanks, those who have served on the frontlines, blessings experienced, the signs of God’s grace, and we lament our losses, both people and things. Reflecting entails reflecting on what we have experienced, both positive and negative, and what we have learned. Recuperating comprises what we are looking forward to/ what will restore us, such as, visiting favourite haunts, family and friends, getting a haircut, going to the pub or café… But all this needs to be done at the right pace. There is talk of re-entry anxiety, where people fear being thrust back into the hustle and bustle of life and all that socialising after life has been lived in a different sphere for so long.

It is worth taking timing to process what has passed and contemplate new priorities. CPAS has provided a resource sheet to assist with this, which you might find helpful. Click here to open.

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Waterloo Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7NT


Additional Information

There is ample parking along Waterloo Road, and around the back of the Church on the unmade road Church Street. What 3 words code: