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Priest in Charge Revd. Julie Coleman


 The Vicarage, North Street, New Romney TN28 8DR - Tel: 01797 362308


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The Reverend Julie Coleman - Priest-in-Charge

Dear Friends,

Holiday Madness!


Now where did I put those armbands? And where did I put those swimsuits? And where did I put those sun glasses? As I write this month’s letter, I have to admit we are in chaos! Don’t get me wrong, most of the time life at the Vicarage is pretty chaotic anyway (well I do have 9 grandchildren!) but that’s normal chaos the kind we always have.  This chaos is off the scale – and what’s the cause of it?  A holiday!


The one thing that’s supposed to be a time to recharge your batteries and relax has turned into a nightmare. The washing machine has been on the go for three days and the utility room is wall to wall with piles (that’s laundry not the other kind!)  There’s things to wash, things that have been washed – stand still too long and you’re at risk at being put on a cool wash and a fast spin! And I don’t know what it is with us all that we have to clean the whole house before we go away – apparently it’s so we can come back to a tidy house but I suspect it’s because we don’t want any intruders being mortified at the state of the kitchen floor – (a little like how my nan used to tell me to ‘where clean underwear whenever I went shopping in case I got knocked down!)


But there’s more to holidays: you have to change your everyday money into money you can never quite get used to with funny little coins and notes that don’t feel right, and then two weeks later having to change back whatever money’s left, except those funny little coins, which lurk about in a drawer along with bits of string and a key that you think might open one of the windows somewhere in the house, and several other keys that belong to front doors of houses you previously lived in!


Actually, hang on a minute, this is sounding far too negative. There’s lots of good things about going away too. That first feeling of sand between your toes, hot sunny weather (hopefully!) and lying on the beach - no telephone calls or emails and long, long lazy days .       Rest is something Jesus recommended. He often went away to rest and pray by himself to gather strength and vision for his journeys and we too need a break in the same way; to stop and rest and regain our strength and vision for another year ahead.


Well, I think I just heard Jade telling me to get the suitcases down from the attic.  It’s time to get back to the packing – now where did I put that sun tan lotion?


Enjoy the last weeks of summer everyone, with love in Christ,


Revd Julie




All Saints, St. Mary's Bay6 pm to midnight


I invite you to pray with me during a Half Night of Prayer for Stand up to Cancer on the 11th September from 6pm to midnight. You can stay for as long or as little as you would like.

     Refreshments will be available throughout our time together and candles to be lit for those you have loved and lost to cancer as well as for those who are still standing up to cancer.

With love in Christ, 

Revd Julie