Three encounters with questions about race have collided over this last weekend. First, Fran and I visited Packwood House on Saturday afternoon (her birthday treat – don’t say I don’t spoil her!) and among the exhibits was a doll of her a noble woman from the 18th century, with a smaller black servant doll, doubtlessly underlining her status. This was the first time I had seen an example of an exhibit requiring an ‘explanation’ with a notice which sought to underline that this was how things were in the bad old days. It jarred and seemed unnecessary. Meanwhile, the following day I saw Dawn Butler, a black MP interviewed on the news after having been stopped by the Metropolitan Police for the crime of being a black woman driving an expensive car. Maybe, I thought, the bad old days are still with us. Then, this morning I read Acts 2.8-11, in which St Luke tells us that on the Day of Pentecost, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the good news of God’s love was proclaimed to people of every tribe and language. The Spirit, it seems, is truly colour blind. The rest of us have a way to go.
In line with the latest government guidance, face masks will be required by anyone attending church in the coming months. However, those speaking at the service, reading, preaching etc. will not be required to wear them. Don’t worry if you get half way to church and realize you have forgotten your mask, one can be provided. The good news is that masks are not required at online services!
To Ben Martin on getting a First in his Computing degree at Worcester. Do pray for him and all those young people who are currently looking for a job.
We continue to work our way through the letter to the Ephesians on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. via the regular zoom link.
No prior knowledge or attendance is necessary. All are welcome. You are welcome to join the discussion or simply observe as you prefer. This week we have reached Ephesians 4.1-6 and Greg will be leading us.
The PCC have agreed that it would be good to have a compost heap in the churchyard, but this needs a degree of management, ensuring the right ingredients are added at the right time. Would anyone like to take responsibility for this or do you know anyone who might like this job? Please let Greg or Paul Crowe know if you’re interested.
Greg’s birthday video card
Anyone wishing to view Greg’s birthday video card can see it by clicking on the link
Please do so before Friday after which it will be deleted.
Following her extended furlough, Emma Wildman has returned to work as our Youth Worker. If you have any queries or suggestions regarding our youth work, Emma can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07969 066979
Please pray for
Ted Drayton, Mike Lynch and Guy Aspinall and any others known to you who need God’s healing touch.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6.36