Welcome to St. Bertoline's, Barthomley, Cheshire

Why we're here today -

That the community 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".


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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”.

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”.

The Rectory Barthomley June 17th 2018

My dear Friends,

Good gracious! It’s the summer double number again! There’s the consolation, though, that brain doesn’t need to struggle, once more, till mid-August, with the question ‘What shall it be about this month?’

That brief respite is still in the future. There remains the here and now!

So, here goes!

Until a couple of years or so ago, there existed a word of long standing, but never used, at least in ordinary speech: ‘Algorithm’. What does it mean? According to the dictionary it is ‘ a process or rules for calculation’. It is, perhaps, fading somewhat now, but quite suddenly it became de rigeur that it should be used at least once in any television interview or newspaper article. What it was meant to convey (and that is, after all, what words are for) was ‘ I am clever, up to date, with it – but are you? ‘

Church talk is not immune to these passing fashions in one-upmanship. There’s a new one on the block at the moment. It serves no purpose whatever for it is there purely to be fashionable. This new trend setter is ‘missional’ Unlike algorithm, it is a new invention altogether. It seems to have exactly the same meaning as the age-old adjective ‘missionary’.

Words should not be treated in this way. They are a vital part of human inheritance and reflect our relationship with God, whose word was the fountain of all creation. Words and the concepts that they convey from one to another should not be misused, nor treated as toys of social nicety. It is bad enough when the hearer does not understand – a great deal worse when the speaker doesn’t either!

New words come, old words go, words change their meaning with time and use. That is a slow and natural process, not one to be rushed or manipulated for some artificial purpose.

Many moons ago the coinage of the realm was debased by trimming the precious metal to the point where respect for the currency’s value was undermined and its use was treated with suspicion. Language and the words which comprise it are of greater value and importance than that other means of exchange that we keep in our wallets or purse. Do not debase the language.

Best wishes to all,

Darrel Speedy

Latest updates

Parish News/ Darrel /Calendar : 17th July
2018
2016 Accounts & Music Director's report 27 March 2017
Annual Vestry Meeting 2017, Annual PCC Meeting 2017 23rd June 20177