Part of the Dover Deanery, in the Diocese of Canterbury, Kent.
Flaming June! - the sun is out, the wind is (not quite) so chilly, and it's starting to feel like we're properly into Spring. Let's just take things steady, and hopefully we can find out what this new normal is going to feel like.
St Margaret's APCM was a significant occasion for the parish - the first of, we hope, many for Rev'd Kaz, and the last as Churchwarden for our wonderful Norman, as he retired from 30 years of dedicated service. It's difficult to sum up the loyalty and work Norman has given to generations in our village, including as a Policeman, and his depth of knowledge will remain a valuable resource that I am sure we will be calling on. Kaz and Barbara presented Norman with a fitting citation and Siân presented a delightful card on behalf of the children of the Saturday Service, and indeed generations of children welcomed into the church by Norman over the years. We will miss his presence at meetings, and always considered yet forthright guidance. Carrying on as Churchwardens will be Barbara Wells, joined now by Vivienne Verren. Have a look at photos from the morning here.
"It's the closest thing we have to religion in this country" - so said someone on the radio this lunchtime, talking about football. It prompted questions - what is religion? Can you have religion without faith, or faith without religion? In essence, religion is a set of rituals and routines, repeated at set intervals, to give a grounding in something that we attach immense importance to. We do it with football (well, some of us do) - that Saturday 3pm feeling; checking the line-up; the songs and chants; reliving great moments from history to reinforce faith in the future; bringing people together. Big question in football right now - can you have the religion without the faith? Can you inspire a dedicated following if you remove the infrastructure of the team from the understanding that goes all the way back to grass roots? I don't think you can. So maybe football is like a religion, but it's not a faith. You start your love of football kicking a ball about in the park, beginning to understand how to control it, how it makes you feel, not from pay-per-view of people far removed from those wet and windy afternoons. Faith can exist in someone who's never been to a church service, never experienced 'religion' because it begins at the grass roots, in your heart and your mind.
All the usual hands/face/space stuff applies.
1.9 million emergency food
parcels given out by Trussell Trust food banks from April 2019 to March
2020 - 1.2 million given out March to September 2020.
Whilst the Trussell Trust are the largest foodbank organisation, they are by no means the only ones. Food poverty is real and should not be happening. 1.2 million. In six months. In all of 2010 the number was 41,000. I'll just let that sink in. You can read more on www.trusselltrust.org.
Saw this... ...thought it was kind of lovely.