St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 24th March 2013
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” Matthew 19 v14.
Familiar words. This week, appropriately in the lead-up to Easter, both churches have been hosting visits from local primary school children and what a privilege it has been!
The children, of all shapes and sizes, were all very well-behaved, attentive, surprisingly knowledgeable and they were accompanied by teachers and parents who were very appreciative and supportive of the visit. It was a very positive experience and, through some very gifted and able teaching (not by me!), it was possible to show them a little of what we are about as a Church and to simply explain the Gospel to them.
I see a contrast between the simplicity of what is happening here, at the “coal-face” so to speak, and the national and international events of the last weeks – the inauguration of Pope Francis and the enthronement of Justin Welby as our new Archbishop. Much is being said of the issues and challenges facing them and the wider Church: issues that we, as individuals, can seemingly do little about.
Perhaps this can be a thought for Holy Week and Easter – to find the bits that we can do, both within the existing framework of the parish and the new opportunities for service offered by Rob’s arrival, and to go ahead and do them.