Claypole Benefice
From the Rector
Beginnings and endings


Α Ω these are the Greek symbols alpha and omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet and together they are used as a Christian symbol.

We are nearing the end of the summer and, with the warm weather we had recently, the end of the harvest in some places. But with endings come new beginnings – a new school term, a new place of study or maybe even moving from education to the place of work.

For many these beginnings and endings are a reality which need getting used to and turning your back on the security of one to face the excitement of the other can be quite daunting. Transition can be a rollercoaster of emotions ranging from fear to excitement, anxiety to exhilaration, from sensitivity to indifference.

Whatever our beginnings and endings in the next few months change is an inevitable part of life and it is how we face and deal with those changes that matters, the choices we make.

We cannot allow the fears of an unknown future to consume us. When it is time to move on and make a new beginning we must be willing to embrace change, whilst looking back at the things we have left behind and learning from them.
The book of Revelation refers to God as Alpha and Omega – the beginning and the end of all things.

In all our beginnings and endings there is always hope because God will be there with us.