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The great festivals of the Christian church, Easter and Pentecost (or Whitsun) have come and gone. And now we revert to what the church rather unimaginatively calls “ordinary time”. This is marked by a change to green, the dullest of all the liturgical colours, for the priest’s vestments and the church decorations. Apart from the occasional saint’s day, nothing much will change until we are once again within sight of the next great festival, Christmas.

It’s in ordinary time that the church goes about its business, undistracted by the excitement of the major festivals. This is when we conduct most of our weddings and baptisms. Importantly, late June is the season of ordinations, when women and men in cathedrals across the Anglican Commu-nion are ordained deacon or priest. The summer months are for building on past activities and planning new ones, as well as reaching out to holidaymakers and taking holidays ourselves. And ordinary time is also the season of human comings and goings, a time when many churches say goodbye to their vicars or curates and prepare to greet new ones.
As my own time in Puerto draws to a close I am planning a departure that I didn’t expect when I arrived 14 months ago. Bonita, my Canarian adopted cat, will be flying to the UK with me at the end of July to begin her new life in a cold climate. Sometime last year a friend drew my attention to an article in this newspaper about Petex Tenerife, and it will be with their help that Bonita will board a plane to Gatwick. Thanks to the excellent international pet passport scheme, quarantine for pets is now largely a thing of the past, so once the formalities are completed this end we will simply pick her up in London and take her home.
Meanwhile at All Saints we are planning for the future. In particular we are looking at how we might offer children’s activities, learning from the Anglican chaplaincy in South Tenerife where simple acti-vities during Sunday services and at other times are attract-ing a growing number of children of different nationa-lities.
So ordinary time is not about standing still. It’s a time to move on in all kinds of ways.
Our services: Holy Commu-nion on Sundays at 9.30 am and 11.00 am (German service at 5.00 pm) and on Wednesdays at 10.00 am. Taizé worship (alternate Thursdays at 5.30 pm) will resume in September.
Chaplain: The Revd Dr Paula Clifford
Tel: 922 38 40 38; Email: paulaclifford4@gmail.com