Lots of good things from the past week the third week in the cycle of Easter. Teaching from last week as audio and text, a positive read on restoring the traditition of stewardship as a theological driver for thinking about ecology, notes on training that the team have been up to, and some future events including a Julian meeting at Winchester Cathedral
Prayer for the week
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
A learning week
On Saturday Jo Hooper and @ianwyllie were at a conference as part of the ongoing programme of the Bishop’s Commission for Mission which they both hold to enable them to lead worship, meanwhile later in the week @revdvictoria and @sallytatting were the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS) seminar at Winchester Diocese looking at leading well and team function. As we grow closer together as a group of churches taking time to train together is essential to avoid dysfunction in our group of churches. Do you need more training or advice to help you do better what you do in our churches or to allow you to start something new? Just ask: we’ll sort it out
Teaching from the Third Sunday of Easter
We'd like to highlight Revd Victoria's talk from last week, the Third Sunday of Easter on Luke 24 vv36-48. Available as text and audio from the Talks in News and Stories
The thing that all the witnesses in the upper room when the risen Jesus came among them had in common as each of them had already had their life all changed round. Jesus whether it was through healing, teaching or just being Jesus had touched each one of them in such a way that they risked leaving their homes their families everything to follow him.
Restoring the tradition of stewardship as a focus for ecology
As a group of churches we are deeply conscious of the impact humankind is having on the ecology of this created earth. ISSR (which also featured last week) published an an account of the impact of ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical as a document integrating science and religious views of ecology. Calvin B. DeWitt writes:
Laudato Si’ is so integrative of science and religion, so integrative of human and natural ecology, and so vital towards caring for Earth as Our Common Home, that it clearly earns the status of required reading for all. Indeed, in its 246 numbered sections, its call for an ‘integral ecology’ warrants attention by absolutely everyone—even as it embraces everyone and everything.
Celebration of the love of God at Juliantide
Julian meetings are known for their meditative quality and are a great way to find some peace during in our frenzied world. There is a gathering on Thursday 3 May at 8pm in the Quire at Winchester Cathedral.
Access for this event will be by the South Door. That’s accessed through the passageway to the right of the great doors at the West end where normal daytime access is. For more information Revd Eileen Wetherell 02381 848598
There is an @acnbchurch Julian meeting in North Baddesley, should you wish to join. Contact us as these meetings aren't on the web
We had a public meeting
As many of you know this week we also had a public meeting at All Saints, North Baddesley where views were strongly expressed by many people about the management of the burial ground at St John the Baptist, North Baddesley. We are analysing the comments and points raised in the meeting and the finished analysis will influence the way we continue in the work of applying the Chancellor’s Regulations.