I took this picture on Friday in Billingsley churchyard. Our churchyard has benefitted from the attentions of the Caring for God’s Acre team. These are a group of volunteers who will come a couple of times a year to manage churchyards to encourage wildlife. Churchyards such as ours have existed for around a thousand years and have been managed simply by cutting the grass from time to time. As a result, they are rich in flowers such as Bugle and Forget-me-nots, as in this picture. We also have a churchyard mouse, a newt and we have just put up a bird box, made by local carpenter George Poyner. All the churchyards in our benefice are open; Glazeley has a wonderful tree in flower next to the church, so please visit and enjoy them if you can. Jesus found inspiration from flowers; he famously told people to look at lillies to see how God cares for all things (Luke 12:27). So if you are able, say a prayer of thanks for the natural world and for the love shown by those for work for Caring for God’s Acre. Please also visit their website https://www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/ and think if you can support them; they do not charge us but each visit costs them £250.
For more information regarding the work Caring for God’s Acre have undertaken at St Mary’s visit the Green Church page on this website.