‘I am the Light of the world,’ says the Lord: ‘those who follow me will have the light of life.’
We are mid-way through the season of Lent and this Sunday is Mothering Sunday. Although it's often called Mothers' Day it has no connection at all with the American festival of that name, which we celebrate in this country, on the second Sunday of May.
Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.
Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers and home-made cards to their mothers.
Most Sundays in the year churchgoers throughout the Anglican Church worship at their nearest parish or 'daughter church'.
Centuries ago, it was considered important for people to return to their home or 'mother' church once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their 'mother' church - the main church or cathedral of the area.
Inevitably, the return to the 'mother' church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home. (It was quite common in those days for children to leave home for work once they were ten years old).
And most historians think that it was the return to the 'Mother' church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.
Due to the current situation within our community, there will be no Weekend Worship Service this Sunday 22 March, 2020.
Father Iain Furby