September is the beginning of the new school year (almost the
beginning of the new football year!) and a place to start again
or anew for lots of other areas of life, especially with COVID
as we learn week by week what and how we can begin again.
think you will probably have memories of school in September.
Perhaps you can remember your very first day at school. I can.
Standing small in a crowd of grown-ups and children outside
Waterton Road Infant School. The beginning of the new school
year brings memories of shiny black new school shoes, and new
school uniforms that were slightly too big for you. Bought for
you to grow into. I always had butterflies in my stomach at the
start of a new school year, before settling again into the swing
of things. Remembering all these things we pray for all those
students at school, college and university, starting or starting
again this September. We pray too for families, staff and
governors and all associated with the lives of our neighbourhood
schools, and all who live here who work further afield in the
field of education.
In the life of the church this new month brings returning and
new activities. Climate Sunday is on September the 5th, ahead of
COP26 to be held in Glasgow in November; Ride and Stride, the
fund-raising initiative for historic churches across the country
takes place on Saturday 11th September - how well we have all
taken part (Peter W. and others) and how much we have gained
from the Dorset Historic Churches Trust.
On 12th September Salisbury Diocese's Generous Giving campaign
begins. Bishop Karen has written to us all to remind us of God's
good gifts to us, to encourage thankfulness amongst us, and to
ask us to continue or begin to be generous givers. Thanks be to
God, Silton is a generous church and community, in time, tithe
and talent. The call to be generous givers is a foundational
part of Christian discipleship. The unintended consequence of
such generosity for our own benefit, happiness and well-being is
part of the shared wisdom of humanity. The call for each parish
to give something to the diocese means that ministry can truly
be shared from the village to the city, the smallest
congregation to the largest, and the least well off to the most
Let us pray for one another and think of one another as we begin
or begin again this September.
Canon Peter Greenwood