A new service
‘Explore Together’ is a new way of experiencing worship, which the two PCCs discussed on their away day at Ilkley on 24th June. In this scheme a passage of scripture is explored in different ways by each of us; some with art and craft; others with a quiet space to reflect; others will focus on the Bible and read around, whilst others will chat over the passage. So in each Church there might be four ‘zones’ to hear from God in our own way, for all ages to explore the themes together, children, adults and older people. We trialled this in the All-Age service on the first Sunday of August, and will be doing the same in September and October. It’s important to trust God to speak to us in new ways.
We celebrate Harvest on Sunday 8th October this year. More details to follow about Harvest parcels, who we are giving donations to etc.
Also, All Saints is holding a Harvest Social at 6 p.m. on Saturday 7th October to which the whole congregation is invited.
On Sunday 27 August, we welcome all the family and friends of Holly Walsh, to her baptism at All Saints. Holly’s mum Jodie was in the Christian group at All Saints School as a child, and has such positive memories of the Church that she has returned to All Saints with her partner Elliott and older daughter Jasmin.
Rev David Howarth is moving from Hall Green in Birmingham to serve Little Horton Moravians; his licensing is on 13th September at 7.30 p.m.
The induction of James Forder to serve at Muff Field Chapel will take place at 3 p.m. on 23rd September.
Rev Tim Thomas is licensed as vicar of St John’s Bowling on 27th August at 2.30 p.m.
Our thanks go out to another local cleric, Canon Donald Brown for leading worship and preaching at St Oswald’s and All Saints on 13th August.
Finally, congratulations to Jimmy Hinton on the wedding of his first son Joel on 2nd September in Reading.
I wrote last month about the break-in at All Saints on 25th July. We then had a break-in at St Oswald’s on 1st August, when thieves were disturbed (by me), but managed to get away with three drill belonging to the kitchen fitters. (The new kitchen looks very nice though). We understand the same has happened at St Joseph’s, St Stephen’s, the Moravians and possibly other churches too. Each time this happens we tighten our security arrangements and hope for better times in the future.
Alan Taylor’s funeral on 11th August was attended by over 200 people in St Oswald’s. He was 61 and our hearts go out to his widow Susan.
Musings from the beach
Whilst on holiday I noticed that the beach is a place of great beauty – waves rolling onto the shore, golden sand, colourful plant life on the dunes, views to the horizon.
It is a place to play; children in costumes – or naked – paddling, splashing, building sandcastles, running in and out of the water, burying Dad in the sand.
It is a place for all. Noone owns the beach, and millionaires must look for a spot where they can find it, alongside the poorest visitors.
It is a place of danger – coastguards constantly on patrol to watch swimmers in danger, small boats capsizing, vehicles stuck in the sand or driving riskily.
The beach is forgiving; it absorbs crisps, human detritus, spilt coffee and ice cream – all the mess we make, and covers it with its own waters till all is gone, cleaned, restored. Sandcastles edged with shells are washed away, leaving all clean to begin again the next day.
The beach is not forgiving of everything. Plastic bottles, wrappers, packets it cannot absorb even into its vastness; such objects hurt the created environment, and anyone leaving such objects around is abusing the earth.
The beach is a parable of the nature of God; we sing of his beauty and splendour; we frolic in his love; we come to Church on the same level, no special seats; he is dangerous to the wicked – ‘Our God is a consuming fire’. He is forgiving of our sins, though not if we deliberately flout his laws. I learnt something, sitting on that beach…