Pause for Thought June 2016

This month will see an important decision made by the British voters about whether to stay in the European Union or go it alone. In the words of The Clash, “Should I stay or should I go?”

The Community Church in Barnack made a decision last month about joining rather than leaving. On May 8th they had a final service in Barnack School, looking back and looking forwards, giving thanks to God for the past and looking forward with hope into the future. They made the decision to join with the Anglican Church in Barnack, to form one united Church family in Barnack. We had our first Sunday service together on May 15th. It was great to be together. There will inevitably be some issues as we learn to live together as one family, one community, but we see it as a positive response to Jesus’ prayer for his followers in John 17 for them to be one, to be united.

It’s good for all those who are Christians in the village to meet together to worship and to have a common mission and purpose. We go into the future with anticipation, hope and joy.

It’s good also for the villages to unite around events and causes. Bainton will have its Family Day at the beginning of July, Helpston will have The Gala and Open Gardens on 11th and 12th June, Ufford will have its Open Gardens and Ceilidh on June 11th.

The unifying theme for many of these events is a celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

In Barnack there will be a Horticultural Show, an open air Church Service in the Square, Teas at the Old Bakery, and a Party in the Paddock. I hope all these events in the villages are well supported. It’s good to strengthen our community ties as we celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and celebrate Summer (we hope…).

As the Church in the area, we are thankful that we have a Monarch with a clear Christian faith. This is evident from her speeches given at Christmas. Her faith has been celebrated in a short book that people in Barnack will be given courtesy of the Community Church – a parting gift from them as they joined with the Anglicans.
Let me finish with a quote from the Queen, from her 2012 Christmas Day speech.

…we remember that God sent his only Son ‘to serve, not to be served’. He restored love and service to the centre of our lives in the person of Jesus Christ. It is my prayer….that his example and teaching will continue to bring people together to give the best of themselves in the service of others.”
Rev Dave Maylor