1 June – Sarah Figgis, St Mary’s, Buriton

Hope and Joy

This coming Sunday (5 June) is Pentecost, a chance for us all to reflect, recognise and celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It coincides with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – surely a double reason to be thankful.

Pentecost is a celebration of the Holy Spirit and God’s hand guiding us all through the trials and challenges our various communities face. As we all try and navigate our way through huge uncertainty, a cost of living crisis, the war in Ukraine, the continuing impact of the pandemic and other local, national and international challenges, let us be thankful for this guiding hand.

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations over the next few days also give us an opportunity to thank the Queen for the extraordinary service and guidance she has provided to the country over the last 70 years. From bunting, street parties, concerts and parties we will all find our own ways of looking back over the last seven decades, whilst also looking forward with hope and joy. Precisely the essence of Pentecost.

Saint Mary’s Church, Buriton, is celebrating Pentecost and the Platinum Jubilee with a magnificent floral display within the Church. Called “Hope and Joy”, the display within the Church is a festival of celebratory colour. It opens on Thursday 2 June and runs until Sunday 5 June – everyone is welcome.

The display is also a fitting tribute to Charmian Reeves, a verger of St. Mary’s, who died recently. Charmian was part of the team who decorate the Church each week with an abundance of seasonal flowers. She is missed, but her life was full of hope and joy.