Church Services & View from the Vicarage

Detailed below is a list of the regular Anglican Church Services and this weeks View from the Vicarage.

Church Services

Mondays
9.30am     First Steps (term times) for pre-school children and parents

Thursdays
10.00am    Joint Service followed by coffee in the meeting room. Everyone most            welcome
12.00        Lunch Group – Meeting Room EVERY FIRST Thursday of the month

Sundays
7.45am    First Sunday Holy Communion – book of pray
10.00am   Parish Communion with Sunday School

VIEW FROM THE VICARAGE  .

As I read the gospel for Trinity 8 this week (Mark 66: 30-34, 53-end), the news was reporting that Sir Cliff Richard has won his privacy case against the BBC.  Obviously in Sir Cliff’s situation the breach of his privacy led to unfounded allegations and detrimental publicity, but the case highlights our right to privacy.  No matter who we are, we do not have to live every aspect of our lives in the public eye.  Jesus appreciated this.  At the start of our gospel reading, he takes the disciples away to a place they can be by themselves.  But the crowd have other ideas – they follow Jesus, so he doesn’t get his downtime.  When he moves on – yet another crowd appears.  He does not have the protection of privacy laws, but he knows that his time is limited, so he uses each gathering as an opportunity to teach.  It must have been exhausting.  Our gospel jumps from verse 34 to verse 53.  A lot happens in the missing passage – Jesus feeds the five thousand and walks on water.  It is little wonder that people from the whole region of Gennesaret rush to seek him out.  And Jesus responds with acts of healing.  I often meet people who say that their faith is a private matter.  But it shouldn’t be.  Jesus did wonderful things – the people want to see this man, to touch him.  No doubt they told their friends who went with them.  They all want to share in the life of this special man, they cannot be deterred.  We have benefited from Jesus’ life, and we too should want to tell our friends, to bring them along with us, so share our faith, not hide it. The laws that protect our privacy, also protect our right to speak freely about our love of God.  No matter who we are, one aspect of our lives that should be lived fully in the public eye, is our faith.

Reverend Carol