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Holistic Exercise

Yesterday my wife mountain. The websites wondered out loud, said that the climb should ‘maybe we should take between 4 and 6 start the Couch to 5k hours to complete and challenge’. I wasn’t sure the descent would be a how to respond. Over lot quicker. No problem, the last year or so more I’d done it before so why and more of my friends not now. have been taking up the It started well. We all felt challenge. They’ve been fresh and ready for the telling me how good walk. There was a bounce it is and how quickly in our steps and I almost or slowly they’ve been felt like I was jumping progressing. However, I’d from one rock to the next. never really considered it However, it didn’t last. The was for me. higher we got, the harder Why not? I guess if you it became. Paul Kosciecha, pushed me, I’d probably About half way up, the Whittlesey Baptist Church say I didn’t need to path begins to zigzag exercise any more than up the rocky side of the I already do – at least that’s what I mountain and the incline steepens. try to tell myself. I look back on an My two teenage sons didn’t seem to active childhood, walking and cycling notice and just kept going. I, on the everywhere. I was fairly fit as a teenager other hand, slowed down to a snail’s and find it hard to think it’s any different pace, concentrating on just putting now. one foot in front of the other. If it Last year that myth exploded. We wasn’t for a sheer determination not went on holiday to Scotland with the to be beaten by my kids, I don’t think I plan to climb Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest would have made it.

So, maybe I could do with a bit more exercise. Too many hours sitting behind a desk means it would be a good thing to be a bit more active. Couch to 5k? Maybe. I’m thinking about it. Did you know that the NHS and fitness groups are not the only ones who tell us that physical exercise is good? The Bible does too. Yet, at the same time it also says that there is a kind of exercise that’s even more important. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV) I always find that verse a challenge. I can be concerned about my physical fitness, but am I also concerned about my spiritual fitness? I might think about taking on physical exercise, but am I concerned about spiritual exercise? These are questions that are worth asking. If you want to get in contact to talk about God or what the Bible has to say you can contact us at the church or through our website at or email

To celebrate our 250th Anniversary we’d love to welcome back to the church premises for a re-union meal anyone who has previously been part of Whittlesey Baptist Church events & groups. So if you ever attended one of the many weekly clubs, Seedlings, Sunday School or even the Holiday Bible Club, then you’d be very welcome.

Reunion Meal

Date: Sat September 28th Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm Venue: Whittlesey Baptist Church Cost: Free To register your interest and book a place e-mail or call Graham on 07864687659

The occasion will also afford you the opportunity to see the church premises following the recent renovations as well as to view the pop-up museum covering the last 250 years of the church. 44 The Fens | July 2019

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The Fens July issue features an interview with Fenland artist Nick Tearle and we visit Ayscoughfee Hall

The Fens Greater Peterborough July 2019  

The Fens July issue features an interview with Fenland artist Nick Tearle and we visit Ayscoughfee Hall