Christ Church -
the Revd Andrew Hemming, Priest for Redhill; 01761-462582 M: 07584-124198
There is now light at the end of the tunnel. Lent is drawing to a close and, though still obscured under the shadow of
Good Friday, we can sense the approaching dawn of Easter Day. The joy and the celebration and the promised release
from sin and death are within sight. But how does that fit with the strangle-hold of fear gripping the world due to the
Coronavirus. (Very conscious that I am writing in the mid-dle of March, so a lot will have changed before you come to
read this article in April.)
It is worth us remembering that the first Easter Day was celebrated in a Jerusalem living under an oppressive Roman
occupation and at a time when Christians were being persecuted. In other words, also at a time of great fear. The hope
of Easter Day is not to be wrapped in cotton wool and protected from the reality of life. The Easter Hope is so very
wonderful because it speaks into the hurt, despair and fear of the day. God, through His Son Je-sus Christ, has
experienced the hurt, despair and fear of this world. He understands what we are going through and stands along side
On the news this evening (12th March) our Prime Minister has just announced that this is the worst public health crisis
for a generation and that many families can expect to lose loved ones before their time. Why things like this happen, I
cannot say, we are not gifted that understanding, though all of us know that such things are a fact of this life. What
Easter tells us is that we are not alone in facing such challenges, God stands with us, and life is not limited to the exist-
ence we currently understand. There is life beyond this and hope beyond death. So Easter is good news for the here
and now and the here after. Let us give thanks for this.
And so all churches, and Redhill Church in particular, are working to serve our communities as best we can; living the
Easter Hope, praying for those who are vulnerable and those who are ill, and offering what-ever physical and spiritual
assis-tance we can. We do this, not in a sense of desperation, but out of hope and confidence in the presence of our
loving God. The hope and love we believe God holds out to all of human kind. The possible events of the next few
months may inspire fear, but let us focus on the joy of being alive today and re-member that Easter Hope. We will never
be alone in facing this crisis.
May God grace us all with His bountiful love and fill our hearts with abounding hope for what is to come.
As usual, we started our meeting with the singing of Jerusalem. Our president welcomed members, a guest and our
speaker for the evening – Mrs Pauline Alvis.
Most of us were already familiar with the local Lye Farm shop and last year we had visited the farm and had seen the
rotating milking parlour in action but this time we were treated to a fascinating explanation of how their cheese is made.
All the various stages of cheese production were explained and, even better, we were able to sample some of the cheese
as well with flavours ranging from mild to vintage - all equally delicious.
After a break for refreshments the meeting continued with planning the busy year we have ahead of us with particular
focus on our upcoming 70th birthday in October.
Our most imminent event will be the ever-popular Soup and Pudding Lunch, which will be held in Redhill Village Hall on
Saturday April 25th from 12 o’clock. Tickets are available by contacting Hilary Vowles on 01934 862778 or Lindy Wood
on 07767014125. There will be a charge of £5 for soup and crusty bread and an additional £1 for a pudding. There will
also be the customary raffle.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday April 14th at 7.30 in the village hall when a Craft evening and Beetle Drive is
planned. New members are always wel-come. Hope to see you there!