Associate Minister's August Letter

The Farringdon Time Capsule

 

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee the residents of Farringdon decided to bury a Time Capsule.  The plaque above it says: ‘Farringdon Encapsulated (Open in 2112)’.  It contains contributions from many in the community and a photo of the group that gathered on June 30th for the actual burial.  Rev Karen Spray said a prayer of blessing over the capsule and prayed for the people in 100 years time who will be living in Farringdon and will open it.

 

Barbara Pentreath, the main inspiration behind the project, asked me to write something suitable.  What could I write that would convey our concerns and hopes for people in a hundred years time?  A daunting task but one not to be missed so here is what I wrote:

 

To the people of 2112AD

 

Looking ahead a hundred years into the future and thinking what will be of interest to you is not easy.  The world has changed so much in the past 100 years that it makes us wonder with awe what your world will be like.

 

Today we live in a beautiful environment with trees all around, birds singing, wild flowers blooming, butterflies flitting in the hedgerows.  We drive cars powered by petrol and diesel.  We worry about the cost of fuel going up – it has doubled in the last few years but still an unskilled worker can earn enough to buy a litre by working about 14 minutes.  When we need to go somewhere we just jump in the car and go even though the petrol costs a huge proportion of our income.  There are a few electric cars on the road but the rechargeable batteries cost so much it is not yet a viable alternative.

 

We worry about climate change and you will know whether our concerns are well founded or vastly underestimate the damage we are doing to the worlds ecosystem.  This summer the level of CO2 in the atmosphere has reached nearly 400 parts per million and if the present rate of increase goes on for 100 years then you will be living in a world with over 600ppm.  We talk a lot about how to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels but all our efforts to limit carbon emissions seem to be futile and we know we will be forced to change if we don’t do it voluntarily.  I feel you will wonder why we left the world in such a mess for you!

 

We are burying this time capsule near to Farringdon Parish Church – a church where worship has continued for at least 800 years.  Now in 2012 there is a congregation of about 12 with services twice a month.  The building is maintained entirely by the contributions of the local people.  We wonder how much longer regular church services can be maintained.  The building will surely be here for you to see in 100 years time and our prayer is that you will be able to sense God’s love within these walls and in the community of Farringdon.  The same God who blesses us with his presence here today will be with you all those years ahead and it is a wonderful thing to know that link with you.

 

Christopher Cant

 

Associate Minister of the White Cross Mission Community which includes Aylesbeare, Farringdon, Clyst St Mary, Clyst St George, Exton, Woodbury and Woodbury Salterton.


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