Vernia Mengot, Bridge Editor and Communications Manager writes:

In the April edition of The Bridge (see page 10) The Ven John Kiddle asks us to reflect on gardens and trees in the bible – contemplating the goodness of the Garden of Eden and the pain and cost of redemption that we meet in Gethsemane. Archdeacon John asks us to contemplate generosity as we reflect on the vine and then the tree of life – symbolising the promise of eternal life; joy, healing and justice for the world.

And in thinking about our world and care for creation – the fifth mark of Anglican mission – we find ourselves drawn to reflect on the love we have for all that surrounds us in the world. As we enter this new season we share joy and hope in the life that nature brings us, surrounding us wherever it might be. Inside a church building where an array of beautiful floral displays adorn the altar, or outside – a church garden boasting green spaces that offer calm and tranquillity.

Thanks to our parishes throughout the diocese for sharing these wonderful images of Spring on their patch. Here, we feature some of the wonderful gifts that gardens have to offer, through a variety of wildflowers, daffodils and posies.

St Andrew, Catford

St Barnabas, Downham

St Edward, Addington

Christ Church, Wimbledon

St John The Evangelist, Old Coulsdon

St Thomas Church, Old Charlton

St Luke, Woodside

St Peter and St Paul, Mitcham

St Matthew, Croydon

St Matthew, Redhill

St Michael, Blackheath

St Michael, Stockwell