Rector's September 2013 Letter

What are our village churches for?

This may sound like an obvious question – surely everyone (particularly the vicar!) knows what a church is for?  Sunday services, weddings, christenings and funerals – surely that’s it?  But what seems to be obvious may not always be quite so straightforward.  Different people will have different perspectives, and it would be easy for some of the less obvious answers to get left out or ignored.  Sometimes it is good to ask the ‘obvious’ questions and see what comes up.

That is why we have set up a Social Evening at 7pm on Wednesday 11th September at Clyst St George Parish Hall, with Rev’d Anna Norman-Walker, an inspiring speaker whom you may remember from her role at the Just 10 series of events that packed Crealy Park a few years ago.  She is going to get us started with her talk and then we hope the ideas will flow from all present over the cheese and wine provided.  There is no charge for the evening and no need to book

I wrote last month about the three ‘pillars’ of our lives; body, mind, and spirit.  And really, if you had to sum up the purpose of a village church in one simple sentence, it would have to be something about developing and nurturing the spiritual life of the community – not just the regular Sunday congregation, but all of us; providing a space, an opportunity and perhaps a reminder for all of us to take as much care over the maintenance of our ‘spirit’ pillar as we do over the other two.

To work out the best ways of doing this, it makes sense that we have to hear from everybody – including (or especially!) those who may rarely come to church.  Don’t just leave it to the regulars, because if you do, there won’t be that different perspective that opens the door to change.

So, if you come to church regularly, come along and tell us what you value most and think adventurously about what you would change if you could.  If you come occasionally, come and tell us what you like, what you hate, and what you would love churches to be like.  If you never come at all, come along and tell us why!  If you feel that the church is irrelevant to your age-group or to people like you, maybe that’s because your voice needs to be heard.  And if you can’t come that evening, put your thinking caps on anyway and share your ideas by phone, post  or email.  Or comment on Facebook – you can look for me by searching on the email address below.

Our churches are wonderful places, not just for the beauty of their buildings but for the joy, sorrow, prayer and inspiration that has been experienced there over the centuries.  If you have ever dreamt of somehow touching that shared experience more closely, this is the time to think how that might happen – and share your dream with the rest of us.

 

Rev’d. Karen Spray                  01392 877400                         church@revdkaren.org.uk

 


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