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Baptist Church

1st of October 2011

Sometimes I am really tempted to leave things blank. I think that the words of Ronan Keating, and you won’t hear this from me that often, are true when he says, “you say it best when you say nothing at all”. Oh! Whom am I kidding? We all have opinions and we love to share them with whoever wants to listen and frequently with those that don’t. We do love to moan about this, and complain about that, and very infrequently we might almost say something good about something if we are caught off guard. We just think what we have to say and our judgements are correct, thoughtful and innovative.

And you guessed it. The Bible does have a lot to say about this and one verse in particular that comes from, and you may have guessed this as well, my favourite book Ecclesiastes, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” All our attitudes, thoughts and incisive comments are nothing new and many have thought them before. So what? Just get over it? Well, there is another piece of advice that I do try, and of course fail to live by, that is such a great piece of counsel we really should bear it in mind every time we start to let people know what we think and it is this. “It is better to have people think you a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” I think it just might be best to stop here… what do you think?
Love Jason, The Man in the Manse

Church News

We had some more informal services in August with a café style and a do-it- yourself service which was led by church members. The day of the garden party turned very wet indeed and so there was a rush to bring chairs etc into the house to get them wiped dry! However, we had a great time together even though it was a bit of a squash.

We were very sorry that the Flower Festival had to be cancelled because of unforeseen circumstances. On the Sunday of that weekend the church was open for a prayer vigil and we were encouraged that this was supported by folk from other churches who prayed with us. It was a moving experience just to sit in God’s presence and remember our churches, village, country and the world before Him. The Songs of Praise service still went ahead in the evening when we were joined by other local churches and it was good to meet together in this way with other friends.

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