Hello to all who find an enjoyable and sustaining welcome in Parcevall Hall and its gardens, but also to those who cannot wait to look after you all again. August sees us cautiously opening the Chapel for Communion and prayer. (Terms and conditions apply). A moment to review and take stock; “to think carefully about a situation, to form an opinion about it and consider what to do next”. The request to offer some considered thoughts through the Friends’ Newsletter at this stage in the year comes at an appropriate time.
‘Thought for the Day’ has been popping up weekly since 23rd March to help keep us all in touch. Jo, our Warden, has published the ‘T4tD’ on the Parcevall Hall Facebook website and on parcevallhall.org.uk. Each week her great achievement has been to match the ‘Thought’ with an illustration. These published works remain accessible and our hope is that their weekly reflections become a reusable resource possibly printed in their entirety. Katharine, in The Friends’ Newsletter, published the ‘Stations of the Cross’, ensuring that this historic ‘vehicle of devotion’ (incidentally Enid, Phil, Nick and Graham each contributed) reached a wider readership. From those Holy Week days T4tD has sought to produce imaginative word portraits of hope and inspiration to keep us going!
Three scenes come to mind; from T4tD 5: The glorious release of the imagination and sound flowed from the great organ in York Minster, as Hugh Stalker (my friend and organist for 25 years at Kirkby Lonsdale) played. Hugh used to tell of music that ‘came easily under the hand’. A phrase I still try to understand but I think I felt it. The composer, the musician and the instrument are drawn into each other’s presence and a living work is expressed in a unique way. That which was born long ago is brought to life. ‘To amaze and refresh us anew.’
From T4tD 8: The Journeyman Parson. A journeyman worked for his pay a day at a time. The journey being the day’s travel and his work being whatever befell him by way of opportunity. A prayer or a blessing, helping with disputes, offering healing words and the odd medicament or whatever was needed. He would travel in the belief that sufficient recompense would come his ways to pay for his night’s lodging at the end of his journey. He travelled in faith and hope.
And finally from T4tD 18: The Holiness of the ordinary and the preciousness of each person under heaven is germane to the Gospel of Christ. The late Bishop Ian of Carlisle taught me a great lesson in human friendship, ‘sometimes we must enter through their door in order that we may walk together through ours’.
Graham W Bettridge
Hon Chaplain Parcevall Hall
18th August 2020