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Baptist Church

1st of September 2010

All the kids are back to school at last and our existence is back to normal. OK for some of us this isn’t a problem because the chicks have flown the nest but for others this is a future hope and for now it has been six weeks of finding things for them to do, ferrying to and fro and the stressful holiday departure and return. All done while maintaining the daily routine of work and home with a joyful countenance. Sound familiar?
Of course children are a blessing and given to us to enjoy. They fill our lives with pleasure and an innocent openness that often punctures our pretensions. They look at life differently with great enthusiasm and passion. For them it isn’t the reserved, measured and calculated approach to life but a determined energy to experience life at its fullest. Please excuse me when I say I don’t think I have ever written such drivel in my life (Sunday mornings come close).
“Kids of today…” is a phrase I find myself using. They usually have everything that they want. But for them life is not free and open because they are driven by peer pressure to conform. We as parents encourage and compel them to succeed on our terms. They are manipulated by advertisers, soap operas and reality TV. From an early age they are bombarded with images that would make even the most hardened of us blush.
What they need is to be innocent. Time to be open. Time to do life with passion and know that someone is always there for them. They should have the opportunity and time to make mistakes and still know that everything will be all right. They want to make choices that they want to make, because it builds character and makes them more able human beings. Surely when we look at our kids we should be proud to say they think for themselves and are governed by what is really important not what they are told is. “Because the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”, we could learn something about ourselves when we really let kids be what they should be.
Love, Jason -The Man in the Manse

Baptist Church News
It was good to share in the service on The Common with St. Paul’s and the Morris teams. Fortunately the weather stayed dry for us. Our Family Beetle Evening on July 24th was attended by around 40 people who got very excited when throwing the dice! It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed a lovely supper with a choice of cheese or bacon rolls with salad, followed by ice cream and chocolate bars, and washed down with tea and coffee! We’re very grateful to Norah and her team of helpers for organising the evening. £210 was raised which has been sent to “Help for Heroes”, a charity which helps forces personnel wounded in Afghanistan with their recovery and rehabilitation.
Our monthly lunch will be on September 4th and anyone is welcome to join us for a two course dinner. Contact Brenda on 01923 269574 if you would like to come.
On September 18th we will be having a Family Quiz Evening at 6-30pm (see advert on page 1 which will give you the numbers to contact for tickets). We’ll be pleased to see you there. Our Christmas Tree Festival meeting for those who are interested in being part of this great event will be on Tuesday, Sept. 21st at the Baptist church.
The Ordination Service for our pastor Jason is on Saturday October 2nd at 3pm. We are all very excited and really looking forward to this special service.

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