Dates for your diary
Cut and keep
Pancakes at Hugh & Anne
Blue Plaque Nativity
We had a great time
in our Advent preparations with the Revd Doug Chaplin looking at the
circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus.
He even produced a “Blue Plaque” for us.
Those of you who did not come missed a treat.
Sadly the weather went against us for the session planned with David
Bryer to look at the circumstances that now surround the birthplace of Jesus.
We decided to shelve the session but not to lose all the work David had
done in preparation, so we plan to hold it later in the year.
Do bear in mind that
people put a lot of effort into preparing such sessions so it is a shame if not
many people attend them.
There were various strands of belief when Jesus was
teaching in Palestine yet his teaching attracted great crowds. Palestine
was a bit like Piccadilly Circus. A
lot of merchants passed through on their way between the
East and the West. They
carried with them new ideas and learning. The
early church also contended against a variety of beliefs and grew:
“Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very
religious. For as I walked around
and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this
inscription: “To an unknown god”.
(Acts Ch 17 vs. 22)
In Malvern we have very little contact with other
faiths. This Lent I have asked people from 5 of the major world faiths to
come and speak to us. This
should give us the opportunity to learn about them from people who practice them
and therefore deepen our understanding of what we ourselves believe.
I have not yet agreed all the times and dates with our
speakers but there will be details of the programme available as soon as that is
complete. I also intend to notify
the local schools and invite any of their 6th formers to join us.
St Wulstan’s Church has kindly agreed to allow us to
use their Parish Hall for our sessions and I have said that we would welcome any
of the congregation to join us.
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