Good News from Emmanuel

In the last magazine Meg Hill shared the news that the profit from the Emmanuel coffee mornings was going to be used towards the purchase of twelve new tables that were needed for the hall.

I am delighted to be able to tell you that we have been able to purchase the new Gopak tables already.  This was made possible with the help of the collection from Margaret Perry’s funeral and several other donations including a very sizeable one from a lovely couple from Christ Church.

Grave TopicOut walking near Askrigg in Wensleydale last June, Glenys and I came across the ruins of a church at the top end of a beautiful lake called Semmer Water. It had once been the place of worship for the nearby village of Stalling Busk and numerous past residents of that place lay buried in the overgrown churchyard.

Shakespeare wrote: “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft’ interred within their bones”. Well, thankfully, the “good” often lives after them as well, and in days gone-by was sometimes recorded on their memorials and tombstones. The present decline in personal belief is seen in the epitaphs one reads on many recent gravestones, which reflect the personality or interests of the departed person, rather than any statement of personal faith. Memorabilia such as fishing rods, images of motor cycles, soft toys and even bottle openers, have been seen on some graves in the past few months. These offerings are rather like the contents of pre-Christian graves, intended for the use of the dead person in the next life! However, even this indicates some hope or expectation of a continuing life somewhere or somehow.

come and listen

A meeting place for those who like to read, write, tell or simply listen to good stories – fact, fiction, life stories, bible stories, poems, diaries.

You name it, the list goes on. Last year’s monthly meetings were an experiment that proved popular, with every one well attended.

So why not join us this Autumn.

Christ Church ECO Congregation Award Aug 2011Christ Church, Weston Super Mare is awarded eco-congregation status.

Christ Church has joined the 200 churches, chapels and cathedrals in England and Wales that have achieved eco-congregation status. It is the first to do so among the 40 churches in its home town of Weston super Mare. The achievement is the culmination of three years effort by a small but determined eco-group (pictured right) backed by a supportive leadership and church membership of 240. The journey to the present stage began with a survey of church members. This had the twin aims of gaining an understanding of individual people’s views on the need to care for God’s creation and of finding out what practical efforts they were making both individually and as households to that end.

Safeguarding in the church community ie making our church safe for children, young people and vulnerable adults, is everyone’s responsibility.

Everyone involved in life at Christchurch should know what to do in a situation where a child, young person or vulnerable adult may have been harmed.

Each parish or benefice has an appointed person for safeguarding – that named person for Christchurch with Emmanuel is Hilary Emery.

The Christian Police Association organised a day conference at Police Headquarters in Portishead.  It was a truly inspiring day.  DCC Rob Beckley said he was a constable in Brixton London in the 70s when they were allowed no contact with the local authority or youth services.

He said it was a complete standoff – them and us.  A local black pastor had offered to help.  He said he was such a force for good and the sharing of values.  The difference in the atmosphere around was striking.  Now there is a real understanding that we need to work together for the good of all.  Policing is all of our business.