A train full of passengers arrives at a busy city station. It’s been on a long journey physically and emotionally. People are tired beyond belief. They are strangers to this place, far from home. Many do not expect to see that home again. It has gone, and along with it everything they have known. Many have lost family as well as livelihood. It has been a Damascus Road experience. Literally.
Read more: Pastoral Letter October 2105
God’s face has changed for me over my lifetime. I was given as a child the image of the Great Jehovah, the almighty judge and slayer of heathens. A sky God who was ruthless with unbelievers and demanded the death of whole peoples who did not bow to his might. A God that can be painted still today with the selective palette of literal hue from the legends and stories of the Iron Age tribe of Israel and the zeal of less discerning disciples both old and new.
Read more: Pastoral Letter September 2015
How well do you know your neighbours?
Not so long ago I was making a visit to a family to arrange a funeral. I’d left my diary, with the address at home. I knew the road, but was uncertain of the number, so seeing a man in his garden I asked whether he knew where the family I was looking for lived. He had no idea. Searching the recesses of my memory, I took a guess, and knocked at a house just a couple of doors away. It was right!
Read more: Pastoral Letter August 2015
For the past month St Godwald’s Church has been hosting the annual exhibition of art work created by pupils of years 7 and 8 from Aston Field’s Middle School. The theme this year is ‘Peace’. The young people have produced pictures, models and reflections inspired by individuals and groups who have worked for peace and demonstrated peace in our world.
Read more: Pastoral Letter - July