Bermondsey Blessings Knowing that we would be in South East London on Sunday 17th March, an internet search led us to St James’ church, Bermondsey – somewhere that we could worship God whilst being away from home. The welcoming congregation were gathered for a diﬀerent type of service – complete with a bishop, archdeacon and a mayor. Their inner-city, 1829 building had undergone major renovations and this was a service to give thanks for that...as well as dedicating some ‘scriptural panels’. Jane Steen (Archdeacon) spoke on the parable of the sower, (Luke chapter 10 v. 4-15), as a background to thinking about church buildings as a witness in the community. Applying the attitude encouraged by the Parnership for Missional Church, I waited to see “where my attention rested”, which was on the following points:
The scriptural panels? They were outside the church, at the front, and had been a ‘silent witness’ to the community for the past 190 years; they were considered to be so important that they had been preserved and up-graded – a reminder and an encouragement, perhaps, that passers by DO notice notices. The scriptures? Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” Jesus said “Come to me and I will give you rest” Hopefully, there is something that encourages you in this. Oh yes. What took us away from Tilehurst on Sunday? Check out the following grid reference to ﬁnd out: 51°29’8.54”N
0°03’2.61”W Katrina Yates
Before and after pictures of the panels. Editor
• The people of God don’t always need a building. • Other people know by the manner of our life who we follow. • God’s people do need a home. • How is that home used during the week? • The building is a witness to the local community. • God wants to be in the middle of our communities. This seemed to speak to our current situations and encouraged further reﬂection.
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