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THE MONTH September 2017

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month — Temporary church found a permanent home

Heaven and earth moved Essex church to West Yorkshire St Mary, Beaminster, Dorset

FORMER Month columnist Canon Don Cardy made the surprise discovery of an Essex link to a parish in West Yorkshire while visiting relatives near Bradford. Don said: "I was in Baildon, West Yorkshire, for a bit of a family get-together. "We asked our youngest daughter, Rachel, who had moved there from Hampshire, just a year ago, where we might go to worship on the Sunday. "She suggested the little wooden church of St James's in her parish which she said had come from Essex. "The church had been built as a temporary structure in Great Warley in 1892, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and then was moved to Baildon in 1904. "A new church was opened in Great Warley at about the same time. "Apparently the wooden church was owned by the then Rector of Great Warley, Revd H R Bailey, and bequeathed to the parish of Baildon when he died in 1900. I was told he had hoped to retire to Baildon. "In 2007, St James's was a striking landmark but was becoming delapidated so it was decided to dismantle the church and rebuild it 100 feet away from its then site. "This would free up land for development and help fund the restoration of the church. "As is often said, 'It's a small world' and, as my pictures (right) show, our wooden church from the 1900s remains a landmark in Baildon and is much loved by the Christians who worship there."

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'Education Sunday is not just for pupils — it's for all'

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of Western monasticism, described his Rule as establishing a ‘school for the service of the Lord’. And he was writing for adults deeply serious about serving God. We hear much these days about becoming lifelong learners. Sometimes this is code for having to learn new skills as we go along, to adapt to keep up with evolving working patterns. The purpose of learning — and of schools and universities — can too easily be reduced to equipping people to become more effective and well paid in the marketplace. Such reductionism reduces education to purely economic and financial purposes. We can become just consumers of education as of any other traded commodity. But, of course, in a phrase probably

IN MY VIEW misattributed to Einstein: ‘Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.’ We go to school not just to develop our skills and acquire knowledge, but to develop our character, to discover our potential as a person cast in the image of God and to grow in hope and wisdom. This starts at the very start of life. And it certainly doesn’t end when we leave school, college or university. Maybe school after 35 years is not such a bad idea and churches are wise to insist on the ‘all’ in ‘all-age’. For more than 100 years, churches in this country have observed Education Sunday. Its timing has varied, and the date suggested for 2017 is September

10 to mark the beginning of the school year. More people in our churches work in education than in any other single occupation (including the retired and unwaged). It is good to thank them and pray for them. It is good too, of course, to celebrate the pupils and students of the schools and colleges of our parishes. Education Sunday is a chance to deepen relationships and focus on the why as well as the how of education. Whether or not you do so on September 10 or another convenient date is not the main thing. If the local church is a school of the Lord’s service, Education Sunday is not just for them; it is for all of us, whether we look forward or back to being 35 years!

REVD TIM ELBOURNE DIOCESAN DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

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The Month Sept 2017  

Bishop Stephen leads the tributes to Bishop John Wraw, Alphamstone will be warmer thanks to grant from Friends of Essex Churches and Spiderm...