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Messy Church Dates

1st May – Jesus is Risen

5th June - Pentecost

3rd July

Any volunteers willing to help run craft tables would be most welcome.

 

Daffodil Tea Outcome

The final total for the Daffodil Tea, after a few additional sales and donations on Sunday morning, was an amazing £550.70.    Grateful thanks are due to all the efforts put in by Sheena Littlejohn and her team of helpers.

 

Pastoral Care

If you know of anyone who is in hospital or would appreciate a card or a visit, please let a member of our Pastoral Care Team know. (Judy Taylor, Val Ramshaw, Mary Taylor, Maureen McLellan - 01224 582491)

 

Reflections/Newsletter

Contributions to the reflections we include in our Newsletter are always welcome.  If you have a story, a poem, a thought, or have seen or read something that you wish to share, please send to :-roger.ramshaw@btinternet.com

EASTER HUMOUR

Young Ernie and his family were invited to have Easter Sunday lunch at his grandmother's house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served.  When Ernie received his plate he started eating straight away. 'Ernie, wait until we say grace,' demanded his father.

'I don't have to,' the five year old replied.

'Of course you do, Ernest,' his mother insisted rather forcefully. 'We always say a prayer before eating at our house.'

'That's at our house,' Ernie explained, 'but this is Grandma's house, and she knows how to cook.'

 

Andrew was watching his father, a minister, write a sermon for the Easter service.

'How do you know what to say?' Andrew asked.
'Why, God tells me', the father replied.

'Oh, then why do you keep crossing things out?'

FIRESIDE REFLECTION

Roger Ramshaw writes:-     

Our TV and news media at the moment seem to be full of drama and stories on the theme of forgiveness, or perhaps I should say, the cost and pain that non-forgiveness brings to us.  Tales of vengeance and “baddies’ being served their just desserts make great entertainment.  I remember the first time I read Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel, The Count of Monte Cristo.  I was spell-bound at the manipulative power Edmond Dantès found to avenge the many wrongs he had suffered in his youth ……………. until he ultimately learned that despite his power and wealth, to gain the life and the love he desires, he must first let go of his hatred and forgive.

 

In this vein I was struck by some words of Richard Holloway written in his book, Doubts & Loves. I believe they shine a torch on some awkward truths of our human nature:-

“The centrality of forgiveness, in the teaching of Jesus, and the new beginnings it constantly affords us is his most liberating gift to humanity.  It is why following Jesus is both joyful and serious.  It is about the enjoyment of life and all its colour; it’s a banquet, a wedding feast.  But it’s one to which everyone is invited and takes work, and sometimes it’s dangerous work, because there are many people at the party who don’t want to let anyone else in and would, if they got their way, get rid of some who are already there.  That is why those who try to use the example of Jesus have to learn to look at people differently, to practise imaginative compassion, to see the world as it might be and not simply accept it as it is. Seeing it that way round is to see it the way he saw it; and if enough of us start seeing it that way, why, it might even come to pass.”

 

When I ponder the terrible things we humans have done and still do to our fellow man it is beyond my comprehension that some of those who have suffered find it in their hearts to forgive their oppressors.  Yet in my heart, I know they are right and especially at this time when we recollect the events of Easter, I find myself in awe that our God also has it in his heart. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”