*** DEBUG START ***
*** DEBUG END ***

Start planning for St George’s Day 2011

by
20 May 2010

iStock

From the Revd Timothy D. Wilby

Sir, — Here at St George’s, Chorley, in common with many churches round the country, we recently celebrated our patron saint. Recog­nis­ing that St George is increasingly marked as a national and civic celebration, we enjoyed a service that brought together town, school, and church. The planning team for the event saw it primarily as a mission opportunity, a goal realised in the attendance of many passing visitors, as well as our Mayor, MP, and other civic representatives.

In 2011, 23 April presents a rare problem, in that Christians will, I trust, consider that Easter Eve takes precedence, as the Calendar directs. St George’s Day 2011 is transferred to Monday 2 May, which will be, conveniently, a Bank Holiday.

Could I urge your readers to see this clash of dates as a mission opportunity in itself rather than a mere inconvenience? We have the chance to shake off our feelings of being marginalised, to proclaim the supreme importance of our Lord’s death and resurrection, and to invite our communities to celebrate Easter in one weekend, and St George the week after.

Of course, some (even our own) will ignore us, but others may hear us, if we plan now; possibly this could be taken up at national level. The alternative? Well, perhaps we should withdraw from the marketplace altogether, in case people think we are fools, for Christ’s sake.

TIMOTHY D. WILBY
St George’s Vicarage
Letchworth Place
Chorley PR7 2HJ

Letters to the editor

Letters for publication should be sent to letters@churchtimes.co.uk.

Letters should be exclusive to the Church Times, and include a full postal address. Your name and address will appear alongside your letter.

Train-a-Priest Fund 2022 Appeal

Please consider a donation to TAP Africa this year. Every penny you can give goes to ordinands in Africa who face financial difficulty, to support them as they complete their training. 

Donate online

Read more about this year's appeal

Forthcoming Events

2 July 2022
Bringing Down the Mighty: Church, Theology and Structural Injustice
With Anthony Reddie, Azariah France-Williams, Mariama Ifode-Blease, Luke Larner, Will Moore, Stewart Rapley and Victoria Turner.

4-8 July 2022
HeartEdge Mission Summer School
From HeartEdge and St Augustine’s College of Theology.

More events

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four* articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)

*Until the end of June: we’re doubling the number of free articles to eight, to celebrate the publication of our Platinum Jubilee double issue.