Ministry Development Group
- Cath's Letter October
- Visiting Team
Message from Deacon Cath
‘All you need is love’
Part of Jesus’ Great Commission to his disciples (and indeed to us all) in chapter 28 of Matthew was to ‘make disciples’ and ‘teach others’. There are lots of ways of doing this, but one way is to run courses. Not courses where people and listen in silence to what is said; but where discussion is held; questions are asked; and experiences are shared.
We have found the best way for doing this at St George’s is through a series of ‘Pilgrim’ courses; each lasting six weeks. We are now half-way through our latest course, discussing and learning about ‘The Eucharist’.
Each session has thought-provoking questions; a short video; audio recordings; prayers; Bible readings; and lots of discussion. We only skim the surface of the discussion; there is so much more we could say. So I thought I would give you a flavour of this present course, and a chance to ponder some of the questions – and your own possible answers.
The introduction to ‘The Eucharist’ by Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter, starts with a visit to Mother Teresa’s home in Calcutta, where above each bed is a sign saying ‘The Body of Christ’. ‘There is a link between our sharing in the Eucharist, our calling to be Christ’s body in the world, and our service to others. If we can’t recognise the presence of Christ in the destitute and dying, we are unlikely to recognise him in the breaking of the bread’ says Bishop Robert.
We then explore our relationship with Jesus by trying to work out what this all means. There is always plenty of food for thought in the many passages for us to discuss and reflect on. This is just one of them:
;Do you wish to honour the body of the Saviour? Then do not despise it when it is naked. Do not honour it in church with silk vestments while outside you are leaving it numb with cold and naked. He who said; ‘This is my body’ and made it so by his word, is the same that said, ‘You saw me hungry and gave me no food. As you did it not to the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it not to me’. Honour him by sharing your property with the poor. What God needs is not golden cups, but golden hearts&rsquo>.
John Chrystostom (c. 347 – 407)
Questions we have asked ourselves and discussed include the following:
* If someone stopped you in the street and asked ‘Why do you worship? What is it for?’ - how would you reply?
* How has your life been enriched by hospitality?
* How do you feel that God is with you when you worship?
* What are the other times in your life when you have been aware of God’s provision and welcome? How have these times become part of your story? And how is it changing you?
* These questions are just a few from the first session – they sound simple, but they are profound. How would you answer?
Yours in Christ
Yours in Christ
ST. GEORGE’S PARISH VISITING TEAM
Would you or a family member or friend appreciate a visit from one of st. George’s team of visitors? We are rebuilding the parish visiting team and would like to know of people who for reasons through being housebound, illness, hospital admission or just feeling lonely would benefit from a visit. Visits would be usually social, but if requested can be arranged to be more spiritual or to receive home communion. If you would like to request a visit for yourself or somebody else; please fill in one of the cards that can be found at the back of church and place it in the wooden box. Alternatively, email a request to cath martlew at email@example.com if you are completing a request for someone else, please check beforehand that they are happy to be visited.
Regards from The st george’s parish visiting team.