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Priestly Ponderings February 2015

LOVE BINDS US TOGETHER

 I don’t spend much time watching TV but one programme I really enjoy is 24hrs A&E. The programme is a documentary following a 24 hour period in a London hospital A&E department. I really enjoy watching the varying responses by the patients and family and friends. It is quite fascinating insight in to people’s lives. They often express themselves with no inhibitions and, when faced with tragedy or trauma, folk tend to demonstrate their love for one another quite freely. The programme actually begins with words from a consultant and he explains that if people do face death then how much nicer it is for people to use the words “I Love You” as their final words. The programme tends to illustrate the very best of human behaviour and restores my faith in people. It can be touching and so very emotional.

 Conversely, events recorded on our TV screens covering the most bizarre and tragic terrorist attack in Paris can have the opposite effect. The perpetrators of those utterly inexplicable crimes were evil!   I can’t begin to understand how religion can ever be a part of their actions and it is a huge insult to the millions of peace loving Moslems throughout the world to suggest that it is. It is for this reason that France declared war on the terrorists and not Islam. Knowing that these terrorist attacks are not about religion, we have to reach a point where we stop blaming Islam. Ironically, terrorism is actually an act against the very religion they claim to believe in. It’s an acknowledgement, on the part of the terrorist, that the religion and its teachings aren’t enough to convince people to follow it.

 I look forward to the day when an act of terrorism by self-proclaimed Muslims will be universally dismissed as nothing more than a criminal attack of a thuggish political organisation. For me, religion—no matter which one—is ultimately about people wanting to live humble, moral lives that create a harmonious community and promote tolerance, friendship and, most importantly, love with all people. If God is involved it can be nothing less!

 Let’s return to my favourite TV programme. Unlike some of the patients in 24hrs A&E, the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris had no opportunity to say their final words “I Love You” to their loved ones. Their lives were extinguished at the pull of a trigger without their family surrounding them with their love. All religions, including Islam, promote the aim to love one another. If we love one another then we will remain united when we face an attack by any evil. Love will bind us together.Revd Jim Brown

Priestly Ponderings December 2014

ONE SOLITARY LIFE

You hardly need me to remind you that it will be Christmas in a few weeks time, like it or not!  Whilst I enjoy the celebratory side to Christmas, as much as most folk do, I would always encourage you all to give some thought to the “Reason behind the Season”. In other words, think about Jesus and who this person was, born as the Christ Child.

 Let’s focus on the birth story that we celebrate in a few weeks time. Why Bethlehem?  Why Palestine?  Why not Rome, Paris or London?  These cities were more developed and communications were established.  But, no, God chose a very small insignificant village in a small corner of a barren part of the Middle East to engage with humanity through the birth of Christ. He was probably  born in some kind of cave amongst livestock. Why not chose a more significant, salubrious, developed and civilised place to achieve his objectives? Perhaps a palace amongst the rich would have been more fitting for the King of Kings!  We may never know for sure but simply surmise.  Maybe it was something to do with humble beginnings, identifying with the poor or being at the centre of the religious world of the day.

 Whatever God’s reasons may have been one thing is for sure, it worked! The birth of Christ changed the world. I invite you to reflect on these words of Dr James Allan Francis in a sermon he once wrote:

 19 centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race, the leader of mankind’s progress.

All the armies that ever marched,

All the navies that ever sailed,

All the parliaments that ever sat,

All the Kings that ever reigned,

Put together, have not affected the life of man on earth

As much as that One Solitary Life.

 Whether you are a Christian or not it is difficult to deny that Christ has shaped the world we live in like no other individual. This person’s solitary life has achieved so much.  So, amidst all the excitement, celebration and the eating and drinking of the Christmas season, give a little thought to the humble, poor and unusual beginnings of the “One Solitary Life” who has changed the world we live in today.

 None of this stops us enjoying ourselves. On the contrary, have a happy and holy Christmas this year!

God Bless                    Rev Jim

 

 

August Beneficial News

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Cameron’s Slum Weekend

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I belong to a youth group in Paddock Wood called New Gen. Last weekend we participated in an event called ‘Slum Survivor’.

 

Slum Survivor is an experience where we spend a few days the way billions of people spend their life times. As part of this we had to build our slum to sleep in out of wooden pallets and tarpaulin, using cardboard and newspaper for insulation.

 

Food wise we had two meals of rice and lentils a day which whilst they were filling, had no taste to them what so ever, making meals very bland and unexciting.

 

We were not allowed any luxuries such as extra clothes and any electronic gadgets however we were allowed as much underwear as we wanted!

 

As part of the event the leaders set us challenges and dilemmas for which we as a group had to over come, for example one of the dilemmas was that one of our ‘family’ had to be sold into the slave trade and we had to decide who would go.

 

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We faced many difficulties throughout the weekend such as the leaky tarpaulin roof and the heavy rain on Friday night but it was a valuable insight to how many people live their life and how privileged we are with what we’ve got.
If you have any questions please feel free to talk to me.

 

 

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The charity behind the event is Soul Action, please click here for more information. Lastly a huge thank you to those who have sponsored me and if anyone else would still like to sponsor me I have room on my form – or alternatively you can give direct on their website. I will let you know my total amount collected very soon.

Thank you

Cameron Andrew

Wateringbury War Memorials

Wateringbury WW1 Memorial Booklets
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To mark the centenary of the Great War (1914-18), two memorial booklets have been produced giving details of  the men commemorated on either the Church War Memorial which hangs in the north-east corner of the church, of the old School War Memorial which now hangs in the church vestry.
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These booklets can be purchased from the church or can be ordered and sent by post. All profits from the sale of these booklets go towards Wateringbury church funds.
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David’s three 2014 Cycling Challenges

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Top of the Bwlch in Wales on the 2013 Dragon Ride

 

It is widely known amongst my friends that I lost the plot a few years ago and challenged myself to some cycling sportive events.  I suspect this is a little like forgetting what it is like to go through the pain of child birth because we’ve signed up for three this year, the same two as last year plus one additional 75 mile route round Kent used more as a training ride for the big2.

 

Like last year, the charity I’m supporting is Prostate Cancer UK, made all the more important to me when we discovered Jim was suffering.  My suffering is insignificant by comparison but on Sunday 18 May with the 105 mile (and very hilly) Castle ride and will be followed by an overly mountainous ride in Wales called the Dragon Ride, which takes in the stunning Black mountains and Brecon Beacons.  Both are guaranteed to hurt.

 

To give you a flavour of the difficulty, the distance and climb for the combined two rides is the equivalent of six times to the summit of Snowdon using the Pyg Track and then cycling an additional 160 miles before finishing!

 

The topographical hills below show the two rides and as you can see, they are not very flat!

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Your support will, I promise, make me even more determined to get to the top of every hill without walking and help people like Jim in the future to recover back to full fitness.

 

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Your support is much appreciated for a very worthwhile charity and please say a prayer for my legs!  Both will be very well received.

 

Thank you

David

The Marsh Warblers entertain at Wateringbury Church on 10th May at 12 Noon

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