2 COMMENT FROM THE VICARAGE Well you have to laugh! Last month I wrote on this page all about our planned open air service on the Stoke Row Rally field. Unfortunately, between me submitting the page and the date of publication the Rally had been cancelled due to problems with the ground. To the great credit of our quick thinking Editor a sentence was inserted into my piece to explain that the Rally was not going to happen, and so any confusion was averted. However, my carefully chosen words now had little relevance, or interest to anyone! So apologies for that, but as I say, it did make me laugh. There’s an oft quoted line from the screenwriter Woody Allen that goes; ‘if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans’. It’s a line that comes straight out of that great tradition of Jewish wisdom; a truth contained in a joke. We make our plans; we hone them and treasure them as if we know for sure that they will come to be. And yet in most cases we actually have no control over these plans at all. Something, anything, can come along and throw them off course. We know this really, but I guess to save our sanity we need to feel that life is predictable and knowable. What’s crucial is how we cope when plans go wrong. In our case of the service on the Rally field, we simply switched the venue to St Leonard’s church and carried on anyway. I’m sure that somewhere in the changed plans somebody somewhere will have benefited, or some good will have been done. As they say, one person’s misfortune is another’s gain; which reminds me of another gem of popular wisdom that says that the Chinese characters that make up the word for crisis are the same as the characters for the word opportunity. Neat isn’t it? Every crisis can be an opportunity. Sometimes though, plans change in a good way: just this week I received an invitation to be part of something rather special. I had no inkling that it was going to come along, so the things I had thought I was going to be doing had to be juggled to make space for the new and exciting thing. It’s quite a big thing and will be something of a challenge for me, but I know it’s a good thing, so it’s worth the effort. Two sayings of Jesus came to my mind, and they are words I often share with people: ‘Do not be afraid’; a phrase he utters many times in the Gospels, and, ‘I have come that you might have life in all its fullness.’ Full-blown life, with all its variables, surprises, shocks and wildness; that’s what we’re meant to have. So we can go ahead and make our plans – but plan for the unexpected too! All blessings Linda SERVICES AT ST LEONARD’S IN JULY 6 th July (3 rd after Trinity) 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion 9.45 a.m. Parish Communion 13 th July (4 th after Trinity) 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion 9.45 a.m. Worshipping Together 20 th July (5 th after Trinity) 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion 9.45 a.m. Open Door Service 27 th July (6th after Trinity) 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion 9.45 a.m. Parish Communion We are pleased to arrange Home Communions and visits. Please contact Revd. Linda on 680979. CHRISTIAN AID WEEK COLLECTION This year's collection made a fantastic total of £1,265.54. In addition, Christian Aid will be able to claim back Gift Aid of £135 because of tax payers who gift-aided their donations. I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to collect donations and all those who gave so generously. Janet Casson LETTERS Dear Sir, I would just like to say a huge thank you to Gina Balarin and the Correspondent team for a fantastic write-up of the latest WADS production....and on the front page too! It really means a lot to us. We are all delighted with the way “The Tribute” went (as, yes, it had been hard work!) but the feedback each night was positive, so we are cautiously optimistic that the rest of our audience would agree with her view! Nevertheless it's great to see it in print! Thank You Correspondent. Best wishes to all. Bella Saunders Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy o information printed in this paper, the Editor and Committee cannot accept responsibility for the contents o advertisements or any errors that may occur. Opinions expressed are those of the contributors and do no necessarily reflect the views of the Editor or Committee.