Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Nov 4th - 5th

It was a hectic weekend!

On Saturday I went to the Climate Change rally in London - along with about 25000 others! There was a packed service in St Martin in the Fields, during which we were all given an ice cube to hold , which, of course, slowly melted all over the church floor... (an effective but messy reminder of the fragility of our climate!) The Bishop of Liverpool spoke movingly about the need to address climate change, and especially of its impact on the poor. Our failure to care for the earth was undoing God's work of creation, destroying what he had made, things which he had said were"very good" ( Genesis 1). In effect, we were also working against him instead of with him. It was a powerful event, and I'm glad I was there. You can find out more here about the day, and about what we can all do to prevent climate change running out of control.

On Sunday, three of our young people, Sophia, Laura and Jess, were confirmed in a service at Westerham church by the Bishop of Rochester. Here's a picture of all the confirmation candidates , taken in the parish hall in Westerham. Congratulations to them all on this new step in their Christian journey. On their behalf , and in the name of the church, I gave a gift via Oxfam of text books to children in the third world. It seemed more sensible than giving the candidates a worthy tome that they would probably never read, as well as a reminder that in confirmation they are commissioned, as we all are, to go out and shine as lights in the world, giving what they have been given.

Thanks to all of you who have come along to this course over the last few weeks. We have had some interesting discussions as we have come "face to face" with God, Jesus and the Bible, discovering, I hope, a bit more about our own faith along the way. The course will be repeated in January (probably 11th, 18th and 25th) in the afternoon (1.15-2.45 pm). More details later!

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