PARISH MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2012 IN THIS ISSUE: Fine tuning Life’s decisions Why the Bible is relevant today New Curate at All Saints’ Book review : ‘Taming The Tiger’
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Fine tuning life’s decisions
By Lynda Couch-Smith - Contents Editor
By Revd Robert Lovatt
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Romantic comedies are not my favourite film genre. One that quite intrigued me, however, was the 1998 film ‘Sliding Doors’ starring Gwyneth Paltrow. A young woman’s romantic life and career are cruelly altered depending on whether she manages to get onto a tube just as the doors are closing. The film depicts the two scenarios brilliantly, one leading to success and the other to disaster. How could the missing of a train make so much difference?
It’s a startling statistic but 9 out of 10 people do not engage with the Bible. So what would make it credible into today’s society? We spotlight the work of The Bible Society. The Reverend Robert Lovatt asks ‘does your life have worth and value’ and it’s a fond goodbye and a warm welcome to the curates of All Saints’. Plus there’s news of our toddlers play group, a charity coffee morning helping families in need and the latest book review. FORTHCOMING DIARY DATES at All Saints’ Church Sunday 30th Friday 5th Sunday 28th
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The small decisions we make can have huge consequences down the road. Where shall we live? What career should one pursue? Where should one retire to? What exam subjects should one opt for? The Bible teaches us that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of us. It’s a plan that lasts a whole lifespan. One of the purposes of a church community is to help each other find just that right trajectory. The church is here to teach, to care and draw alongside, to pray and to seek God’s face. The Bible tells us that God’s will is good pleasing and perfect. It tells us that God has prepared good works for us to walk in.
Book Review Taming the Tiger by Tony Anthony This is a true story of a Kung Fu world champion raised in China whose life in his words goes from ‘the depths of hell to the heights of glory’. Tony worked as an elite body guard for the rich and famous but falls into sinister circles and ends up in a Cypriot prison. There he finds himself being visited by a stranger and his life takes a massive turn. This is not an easy read. It is fast paced, chilling but also compelling and heart warming as he shares his life experiences and his eventual relationship with God.
Small things can make huge differences. A returning space capsule has to find a very narrow corridor in order to land safely. Too near the earth and it will fry, too far and it will bounce and disappear into distant space.
One difference between sliding doors, which ascribes everything to fate and chance, and faith is that God’s guiding hand is with us to direct and lead. It may be that your life’s trajectory is set only very slightly in the wrong direction. After a while the gap becomes unbridgeable. As we move into autumn let’s make it the opportunity to get back on track. Ask yourself these three questions: • Does the life I lead have worth and value? Is my life seeking to accomplish something good and wholesome in keeping with the values of Jesus? • Do I have in my inner most being a peace that what I am doing is right, unselfish and to the glory of God? • What are my base motives? Is my underlying agenda to elevate myself ahead of others or do I see myself first and foremost serving others for Jesus.
The Bible IS credible
By Robert Kirby-Maynard
Did you know there are still 4,500 of the world’s languages in which the Bible is unavailable and here in the UK, 9 out of 10 people do not regularly engage with the Bible. That’s why Bible Society exists: we’re on a mission to demonstrate that the Bible is credible and to make it available to whoever wants it, wherever they live. Its part of the solution to the world’s issues, not part of the problem. More than 200 years ago William Wilberforce and the other founders of Bible Society understood the link between the Scriptures and the transformation of culture. Bible Society was established to increase the ‘circulation and use’ of Scriptures across the world and that’s still what drives us today. We’re working to get the Scriptures circulating around the world through the culture – politics, education, the arts and the media – just like air conditioning circulates through a building. Our work is extraordinarily wide-ranging and the great thing is we’re not working alone. We’re part of a global movement of 146 national Bible Societies working to resource the world’s needs. We’re involved in translation, production, distribution, literacy, engagement and advocacy. It’s what we call the ‘lifecycle’ of the Bible. Across the globe, we involved in all kinds of translation and distribution projects. Recently 150 leaders from business, charities, government and the Church gathered in Uganda at the African Biblical Leadership Initiative conference organised by Bible Society. The conference, in its third
year, helps Africa’s leaders to consider the issues facing the continent (such as corruption, poverty, and social justice) in the light of biblical teaching. Here in the UK, we face different challenges. We are concerned about the levels of Bible illiteracy and apathy not only in the culture but in the church. As John Stott said : ‘You can’t blame meat for going rotten; that’s what meat does. You blame the salt for not being there to preserve it.’ It’s out of this conviction that we help churches to help them make better sense of the Bible, for example, by learning to look at verses and passages within context. We are also in the fourth year of our national film competition, The Pitch, which encourages amateur film makers to create a two-minute pitch for a film idea based on a person, story or passage from the Bible. The winner gets to make their short film with £30,000 of production support. Family Support Work, known as FSW, is a charity pioneering work with local families. FSW works with families to overcome difficult periods in their lives with positive, emotional and practical advice and support through home visits; support groups and drop-ins. Free and confidential support is offered to parents or carers and their children. This includes anyone who has the responsibility for the care of children, whether they are married, single, separated, partners, divorced, bereaved or grandparents. At All Saints’, we collect non-perishable food items for FSW. There is a large blue container outside the Church Office where you can donate items of food. We also hold fund raising events throughout the year. The next is a Coffee Morning at Campion House, 18a Grassington Road on Friday 5th October from 10 am to 12 noon. Entrance will be by donation and your support would be much appreciated. For more information you can contact FSW representatives Val Hobden (730051) and Alison Fenton (638022)
Saying a fond good bye By Revd. Nick Cornell
New curate at All Saints By Revd. Timothy Ezat
I can honestly say that I’ve seen more of life in all its joy and sorrow in my last four years in Eastbourne than at any other point of my life! What has excited me most? It’s been wonderful to minister during the joys of life such as marriage, births, and special celebrations. God’s presence has been equally apparent in the more tragic times - whether illness, bereavement or other difficulties. I loved All Saints’ involvement in the community whether in putting on a pantomime (even if I have had to wear a funny costume!) or our children’s holiday club or the setting up of the Winter Night Shelter for the homeless. My greatest joy has been seeing people grow in faith and rely on God every day. Living life the way Jesus intended is the greatest adventure for any of us. I have found All Saints’ a great place for people to start living for Jesus or find encouragement to keep going. I pray many more will have that experience after we are gone. It’s sad to leave the place where I’ve made such good friends but it’s now time for the whole family to move on and I am now pastor of Maresfield and Nutley churches.
Puppets, Play and Praise
By Elaine Stringer, Missions and Ministry Assistant ‘Toddler Praise’ is a club run at All Saints’ Centre offering a great opportunity to meet with other parents and grandparents from the community as your kids play with all sorts. I am generally covered in flour, water, soil or some other messy play but its all great fun!
I was born to a Muslim family in Kurdistan of Iraq; my knowledge of Jesus was that he was one of the greatest prophets of God. This was challenged when I watched a film about the life of Jesus on our national TV; the film was based on the Gospel according to Luke, where a claim was made that Jesus is greater than a prophet, He is in fact the Son of God, the one who has the power to save us from our sins and give us the right to become God’s Children. I was particularly fascinated by Christ’s sacrificial work on the Cross. All this made me want to know more about Him, which led me to read the Bible and eventually give my life to Him. Knowing there was more than just becoming a Christian I ended up joining the London City Mission, where I was placed alongside an Arabic Church in Ealing. Following a growing sense of calling to ordained ministry, I went to Wycliffe Hall, Oxford to undertake training. My family and I have been overwhelmed by the welcome we have already received at All Saints’. We are looking forward to sharing our life with you all and exploring the big and small questions of life and understanding how the living God of the Bible, Jesus Christ, relates to our everyday lives.
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IN THIS ISSUE:Fine tuning Life’s decisionsWhy the Bible is relevant todayNew Curate at All Saints’Book review : ‘Taming The Tiger’