St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 6th March 2011
Alec reminded me this week of a story which some of you may know
‘A story about four people, named Somebody, Everybody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was one important job to be done; Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody would do it. Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
In the end, Everybody blamed Somebody, when Nobody did what Anybody should have done.’
I’m very glad to say that things aren’t like that in this parish!
But the time of year has come when we need not just four people,
but many more to come forward and take responsibility for the life of our two churches.
This Sunday we hold our Annual Meeting,
and we will be electing churchwardens, deanery synod representatives and members of our parish and district church councils.
The idea of elections, committees, and representatives may not fill you with excitement: but as well as being a legal necessity, these structures are a way of showing how the church belongs to and is made up of each one of us. This is OUR church, not MY church, and the responsibility for it, financially, as buildings, as people, and as a community which shows God’s love to the world, belongs to all of us.