St Bertoline’s –Why we’re here.
That the community we serve may know that St Bertoline’s is here to profess the faith, to celebrate it in worship and prayer, and to share it in fellowship, so that we may say, “We would see Jesus”.
November 19th 2016 Barthomley
My dear Friends,
We have just received the final results of the Cheese and Wine with Auction of Promises held jointly with the Barthomley Action Group on October 22nd. What a splendid evening it was! The outcome financially has been a staggering £3304, shared equally between BAG and Church funds at
It may be possible in large parishes for organisations, including the church, each to go its own sweet way, barely conscious of each other and feeling quite comfortable with that state of ignorance. Not so in such a small and closely knit community as we are. Here we all depend on each other. Six years ago and more we learned this happy lesson at the Flower Festival when the whole village and its neighbours happily ‘mucked in’ together. A very joyful job for Angela and I was to write well over a hundred personal letters of gratitude to each of those who played a part, large or small, in the success of the Festival. The same co-operation made the Festival of Local Arts in July 2013 a great occasion.
Many years ago, Archbishop William Temple said that the Church is the only organisation that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members. A few moments thought will show that that is obviously not correct – Children in Need last night raised £46million!! Nevertheless, we can see what he was trying to get across. The Church in a community that does not seek to serve that community and co-operate with its life, soon finds itself irrelevant to the lives of those around it, no matter how flourishing its own internal affairs may seem to be. Our ‘mission statement’ at St Bertoline’s (at the head of this letter each month) tries to reflect this belief. This is as much to keep us on our toes about what we are really here for, as it is to announce our purpose for the community.
This double issue of the Parish News covers our celebration of the events surrounding the birth and childhood of Jesus Christ. The purpose of his coming among us was, and is today, that we and each generation before and after us may see in Jesus the true reflection of the love of God for mankind and all his creation. In our own small and very imperfect way that is our purpose as his Church here and now.
A very happy Christmas to you all.
Darrel and Angela