Mustard Seed Evangelical Church June
For the people of Callington and the greater glory of God
I have a friend called Andy. He has been involved in church leadership for many years and has been a full time Christian worker for some of that time.
At the same time, there had also been the suggestion that there should be a church football team formed and, as Andy was a keen footballer, he thought that this was a good idea! Amazingly, not only male church members came to play, but the non-‐church attending husbands of wives who c a m e t o c h u r c h t u r n e d u p regularly and they brought their friends who had never came to church.
He was telling me recently of a particular evangelistic outreach that his church felt would be an eﬀective means of challenging the neighbouring community. They purchased some hundred or so v i d e o s b y a w o r l d -‐ r e n o w n evangelist putting across the claims of Jesus eﬀectively and clearly.
As they went through the joys and tribulations of playing together in a team, so bonds and friendships were formed and these men began to attend church, many came to recognise Christ’s claim on their lives and some were baptized!
They had decided to distribute these house-‐to-‐house in their neighbourhood, but they thought that it would be a good cost-‐saving exercise if they sent out a letter explaining what they were about to do which would give each household the opportunity to refuse the video oﬀer in the unlikely case that they would feel strongly enough to spend time ﬁlling in the form and returning it to the church! Of the hundred households that received this l e t t e r , o v e r n i n e t y p e r c e n t returned the form declining the oﬀer!
I have recalled this story whenever I am tempted to separate the spiritual from the rest of life. I have been greatly encouraged that in each social event that we have had as a church fellowship in this last year there have been those who do not go to church-‐friends or members of family who have attended. Church services are a place where we meet to worship God and 2
because of the present layout of the church and time constraints there is not the opportunity to get to know people as we would like, so these ‘social gatherings’ give a greater space to meet with each other and with those from outside the fellowship in a non-‐threatening place. We have a couple of BBQ’s coming up-‐one at our house and one at Jean and Willis’s farm-‐and it would be lovely to see you and any friends, neighbours or family you can bring along.
Street. They are very content there, but they do remark on how much they miss the friendliness of our church. They have attended a few churches, but some they have dismissed because no one has spoken to them. Please continue to look around you Sunday by Sunday and make a beeline for anyone who is new or is on his or her own. It is one of the strengths of our fellowship, but we should not take it for granted! God bless you this coming month,
Fiona and I went to visit Barry and Pam recently in their new home at
Sunday 5/6 Monday 6/6
No evening service 19:30
Monthly Prayer Meeting
Saturday 11/6 3–7 pm BBQ
The Parlour David Jewell’s
Churches Together in Cornwall Service
Gwennap Pit (see David for a lift).
Residential Homes Visit
Fun on Friday
Walk & BBQ afterwards
Mustard Seed / Willis & Jean’s
Café Church Social
The Mustard Seed
Q&A John Cole WITH
Are you young, middle aged or re0red?
At what age were you when you recognised that you could not manage life on your own?
Close to re0ring. Describe yourself in four words.
I was 30 when I gave my heart to the Lord.
Well past my best. What is your favourite pas0me, sport or interest?
Name someone who has been a par0cular inﬂuence for good in your life.
It’s hard to choose just one; I love angling, birding, gardening, surﬁng and snorkelling.
Bill Selleck nurtured me as a young Chris0an; he gave me a love for God’s word, was always encouraging and asked for nothing in return.
What is your favourite meal?
Tell us something about yourself that not many others know.
Fillet steak with chips mushrooms and tomatoes.
I haven’t got any pyjamas.
What is your favourite day out?
Have you experienced God’s hand in your life?
A day on the beach with family and friends followed by a BBQ.
When I commiOed my life to Jesus my pastor’s wife gave me this scripture verse; Be conﬁdent of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to comple0on un0l the day of Christ Jesus. Twenty seven years down the road I can look back and see His hand has been upon my life and know that He’s not ﬁnished with me yet; there is s0ll plenty to work on.
What would be your chosen holiday des0na0on? A quiet Greek Island like Kefalonia (before the ﬁlm). How do you relax? What’s that? When I do get a chance I like to listen to music and poOer in the garden. Have you a favourite Chris0an song or hymn and a Bible passage or verse? John 1:12 always warms my heart. 4
Do you think that the Chris0an lifestyle is relevant in today’s world?
When you get to Heaven who, a\er your nearest and dearest and Jesus, would you most like to meet?
Of course, it’s a victorious, eternal, abundant life.
I haven’t really thought about mee0ng others but I think Abraham would be interes0ng.
What, a\er the Bible, is your favourite book? Captain Corelli’s Mandolin or one Nicholas Evens novels.
Callington foodbank Hunger is not just a Third World problem. Across the UK, 13.5 million people live below the poverty line, meaning that individuals, couples and families are struggling to feed themselves. The foodbank is a Christian answer to this need.
Last year, the Liskeard and Loo foodbank delivered over 60 food boxes to people in Callington, and that seems to be just the tip of the iceberg. Aware that there is a need in Callington and the surrounding area, the Churches Together in Callington are in the process of starting up our own foodbank.
Since 2004, the Trussell Trust, a Christian charity based in Salisbury, have helped set up 100 foodbanks across the UK. Since the start of this year they have launched a new foodbank every week. There is a real need in our country, and in our local area.
We are hoping for an autumn start, but for that to happen we need to raise money to cover our start-‐up costs. These costs include: converting a garage to store food, r e c e i v i n g t h e n e c e s s a r y t r a i n i n g , advertising and administration. When we start we will need the support of volunteers who will help with the collections and deliveries, so be sure to look out for more information!
In the past 12 months 61,000 people have received emergency food supplies from foodbanks supported by the Trussell Trust, that’s 50% more people than last year. The majority of people receiving emergency food supplies are from low-‐income families who are going through a crisis, people who have lost their jobs, or people experiencing beneﬁts delays.
If you are interested in supporting us in this venture, or to ﬁnd out more, please contact David Jewell on 01579 389576.
Isn't science more rational than faith? Reprinted with permission from the Evangelical Alliance’s IDEA magazine, http://www.eauk.org/resources/idea/index.cfm
One of the core arguments of Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion is that religious faith is irrational. “Dyed-‐in-‐the-‐ w o o l f a i t h -‐ h e a d s a r e i m m u n e t o argument,” he opines. Faith is a “process of non-‐thinking”, which is “evil precisely because it requires no justiﬁcation, and brooks no argument”. This is typical of Dawkins’ swashbuckling style, which mingles overheated rhetoric with a scant regard for evidence and accuracy. So let’s look at things in a little more detail.
immunology. In a book titled, Medawar reﬂects on the question of how the scope of science was limited by the nature of reality. E m p h a s i s i n g t h a t “ s c i e n c e i s incomparably the most successful enterprise human beings have ever engaged upon”, he distinguishes between what he calls “transcendent” questions, which have to be answered by religion and metaphysics, and questions about the organisation and structure of the material universe.
Everyone agrees that science is one of the most secure forms of knowledge we possess. How do we know that the chemical formula for water is H2O? How do we know the structure of DNA? The answer is simple: because that’s what the scientiﬁc evidence tells us. I don’t think anyone will quibble with this.
With regard to the latter, he argues, there are no limits to the possibilities of scientiﬁc achievement. He thus agrees with Dawkins – but only by deﬁning and limiting the domain within which the sciences possess such competency. So what of other questions? What about the question of God? Or of whether there is purpose within the universe? As if pre-‐ empting Dawkins’ brash and simplistic take on the sciences, Medawar suggests that scientists need to be cautious about their pronouncements on these matters, lest they lose the trust of the public by conﬁdent and dogmatic overstatements.
Dawkins is right to praise the sciences for their ability to give clear, reliable answers to some important questions, such as “ h o w i s g e n e t i c i n f o r m a t i o n transmitted?” So far, so good. But look at another question: “What is the meaning of life?” This is clearly an important question. But can science answer it? Dawkins’ answer is that science discloses no meaning to life – and therefore that there is no meaning to life. But is he right?
Though a self-‐confessed rationalist, Medawar is clear on this matter: “That there is indeed a limit upon science is made very likely by the existence of questions that science cannot answer, and that no conceivable advance of
Let’s look at some wise words written by Peter Medawar, one of Oxford’s most brilliant scientists, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work on 6
science would empower it to answer.... I have in mind such questions as: How did everything begin? What are we all here for? What is the point of living?
famous Human Genome Project, came out with The Language of God. Both of these top scientists argued passionately and persuasively that their Christian faith gave them a way of making sense of the world, which
“Doctrinaire positivism – now something of a period piece – dismissed all such q u e s t i o n s a s n o n q u e s t i o n s o r pseudoquestions such as only simpletons ask and only charlatans profess to be able to answer.”
resonated strongly with their scientiﬁc careers and research. It was, they argued, deeply satisfying intellectually.
Perhaps The God Delusion might have taken Sir Peter by surprise, on account of its late ﬂowering of precisely that doctrinaire positivism which he had happily, yet apparently prematurely, believed to be dead.
Now this doesn’t resonate with Dawkins’ somewhat simplistic take on things at all. But it does make the fundamental point that thinking people can be outstanding research scientists, enjoying the respect and admiration of their peers, while believing in God.
The point is obvious and important: Science cannot tell us whether there is a God. It cannot tell us why we are here (although it may have some very i n t e r e s t i n g i n s i g h t s i n h o w t h a t happened). When it comes to questions of meaning, purpose and value, science is blind. And that is no criticism of science – it is simply about recognizing and respecting its limits.
Belief in God is not irrational, but possesses its own distinct and robust rationality. It represents a superb way of making sense of things. “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen – not only because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else,” said CS Lewis. To use the language of philosophy, God is the “best explanation” of the way things are. We can’t prove that God is there, any more than an atheist can prove that there is no God. But all of us, whether Christians or atheists, base our lives on at least some fundamental beliefs that we know we cannot prove. That’s just the way things are.
Dawkins is not typical of science at this point, as most scientists are aware of the limits of their discipline, and see no problems in seeking answers elsewhere when it comes to the really big issues of life. The God Delusion was published in 2006. In that same year, some other notable books were published by leading research scientists. Owen Gingerich, professor of astronomy at Harvard, published his God’s Universe; Francis Collins, director of the
For more information, read Alister McGrath's books The Dawkins Delusion? (SPCK, 2007) or Dawkins' God (Blackwell, 2004). Further material is available from Christians In Science at: www.cis.org.uk 7
Youth Work Update Since last month a number of exciting things have happened; ﬁrst, we had a great Guy’s Night for young people from the Mustard Seed and from Café Church. We had a good number of young people there, and it was great to be able to spend time getting to know people better.
learn these tools to interact with God better, and so we spend time looking at how we can put them into practice each week. Please pray for us as we meet on Sundays, that we would be honest with each other, and that we would be able to experience deeper relationships with God.
Then we had our ﬁrst Fun on Friday for the slightly younger ones. We had a good time playing games, making sun glasses, playing quizzes, learning Bible stories and more. We may have started small, but watch this space to see how we grow! Our next Fun on Friday will be on the 17th June, and if you are able to help out, then please let me know!
At the time of writing, we are still waiting to hear back from the school in regards to setting up a Christian Union. Please pray that we will hear back soon, so that we will be able to get something started as soon as possible. A special thank you to Fiona, Geraldine, and David, who helped with Fun on Friday, and have all supported either Soul Space or Café Church (or both!).
At Café Church this month we looked at Relationships. It was good to be able to spend time looking at this topic, as we were able to look at the Christian perspective on what the young people learn at school and elsewhere. On Sunday mornings we have started looking at the Spiritual Disciplines, and are working our way through them week by week. Our focus is looking at how we can
Weekly Activities Mondays 19:30
Home Group at Iris Wilson’s Led by John Cole
Youth Group in the Hall. A chance for all the young people aged 13-‐18 to get together and have fun playing games, pool and table-‐ tennis.
Home Group at Jenny Jane’s led by David Jewell
Seedlings in the Hall. For pre-‐schoolers and parents/carers.
Home Group at David Jewell’s led by David Jewell
Ladies Bible Study in the Parlour.
Morning Worship at the Mustard Seed. Join us for a time of prayer, worship and teaching. There are groups for children and young people, through which they will learn more about God and enjoy ﬁnding out more about Him.
Contributions for July newsletter:
Deadline: 24th June 2011 Speak to: Tim Cadoux Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 9
Contacts Leadership David Jewell (01579) 389576 (Pastor) email@example.com Peter Coombe (01579) 382197 (Elder) firstname.lastname@example.org John Cole 01752 366109 (Elder) email@example.com
Youth and Children’s Work Tim Cadoux 07954388377 (Youth Worker) firstname.lastname@example.org
Outreach Kathy Cole 01752 366109 (Seedlings) email@example.com Geraldine Parkyn (01579) 384197 (Residential Homes) firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Activities John Cole 01752 366109 (Monday Home Group) email@example.com David Jewell 07900472379 (Tue/Wed Home Groups) firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Back Pew As a tribute to the people of Aceh – those who lost their lives and those who survived and are getting on with their lives – here are some lines I wrote in January 2005 as I struggled to come to terms with what I saw and felt in Banda Aceh.
I stood and mourned the desolation where thriving neighbourhoods once lived and children played I stood and watched men sifting through remains of house and home. Now junk and rubble, twisted steel and rags – luxuries of a former age I stood and saw the body bags oﬄoaded into graves – thousands of lives now sealed in plastic. I stood and watched planes large and small parked on the airport apron. Disgorging boxes of food, clothing – aid of any kind I stood and looked into the faces of those who queued for water. Young and old, men and women with pain etched on their faces. I stood upon the beach and watched the breakers rolling in where once tsunami struck. A reconﬁgured landscape… I stood, and from the mud and junk I spotted green – a banana shoot pushing skyward. I stood and saw the rainbow arching over the desolation. The promise is still there for the people of Aceh. – Frank Gray 11
Mustard Seed Evangelical Church For the people of Callington and the greater glory of God
Who We Are: The Mustard Seed is a fellowship of Christians committed to discovering God’s love and truth for today. During our worship and study times, in our family and social events, and through our caring and Outreach Ministries we explore and share God’s grace and guidance as He helps us become and grow as His followers.
What We Believe: •God is real. •Jesus is Lord. •The Holy Spirit gives life. •God speaks through the Bible. •God forgives us. •Jesus cares for us. •Jesus is coming back.
We warmly welcome you, or anyone else to meet with us!