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30th October 2018

Dear Friends,

On the last Sunday of October we celebrated Bible Sunday.

The Guinness Book of Records says, "There is little doubt that the Bible is the world's best-selling and most widely distributed book."

The question is, 'but is it read?'  Many of those Bibles, especially in our part of the world, sit gathering dust on the shelf.  Yet its authors, 35 of them, writing over 2000 years, in 66 books, are convinced that it contains the answer to all of life's problems, and for that matter, questions surrounding our deaths too.  It's astonishing how the message is the same from  beginning to end.

"Follow Me," says God, "and you will have life." (e.g. Deuteronomy. 30:19; John's Gospel 10:10)

"We did not depend on made-up stories in making known to you the mighty coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  With our own eyes we saw his greatness.  We were there!"  (Peter's second letter 1:16)

"Here is what we announce to everyone abut the Word of life... We have heard him.  We have seen him with our eyes.  We have looked at him.  our hands have touched him."  (John's 1st letter 1:1)

"Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book.  But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life." (John's Gospel 20.30-31)

This Remembrance Sunday, we celebrate the ending of hte First World War, perhaps the worst example of what happens when we humans depart from living in the flow of God's beautiful created order in a century of outrages when we turned away from reading God's word.  Thank God it ended.  Please God help us to pick up your Word written, and do it.

Here's a Plan

Find a modern understandable translation.  Find John's Gospel.  Pray that God will speak as you read.  Read a short section each day.  Reflect on what you've read.  Pray for the life God promises.

God Bless us as we trust Jesus Christ to transform us, our churches and our villages.

Jim

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2nd October 2018

I’ve been busy over the last couple of months getting round all the parishes and meeting loads of wonderful church regulars and supporters.  It’s helping me understand what our churches and communities need, what they like and just as importantly, what they don’t like.

With 10 churches it will take a bit of time to start turning things around, but we have made some really good progress already and continue to do so.  And I know it sometimes seems that change is like an ocean going Oil Tanker which take ages to turn, but once we get moving we will all find things better.

We are well aware that a “One Size Fits All” approach is not the answer and I’ve had that confirmed to me when I have visited your parishes and seen how different things can be in just a short distance from one village to another.

Naturally we always want our own Parish to be the centre of influence, and there is no reason why that cannot be the case locally, as long as we keep in mind that there are 9 other churches that we can help along the way with any specific skills we have in our own parish and they can share with us.

We are starting some Church Leadership Training with a Foundation Evening at Haverthwaite on Wednesday 17th October and if you are interested you need to contact us to book a place.

This really is an exciting time for our Parishes and Team and I can feel the energy growing as I visit your churches.  We have much to do but with God’s help and guidance we will achieve our objectives and have some fun doing it.  We just have to trust in Christ.

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Well here I am getting myself in harness.  I've set aside the first few weeks to get round to every church in the Cartmel Team and get to know the people and their needs and concerns and of course what's going on.

So, we could be meeting up in a church or other building in your area.   I hope so.

The Members of our Team Churches are active in all sorts of ways in the villages and hamlets; providing councillors for local government bodies; staffing and helping out in schools (did you know, the church established, and still helps to run, all seven schools on the Peninsula?).

They are actively running walking groups; working in shops and businesses; setting up business centres in formerly derelict buildings; being the local Police and Crime Commissioner; visiting sick people at home and homes and hospital; serving on bodies such as the South Cumbria Rivers Trust; running concerts and plays; and of course, keeping 10 rather special and all unique church buildings going so anyone who lives in the area can hold a funeral, have a child Christened, or maybe have a wedding, or even gather with others to give thanks to the God who made all this possible in song and words or appreciation.

Historically of course, it was the church which started the schools, hospitals, social services, unions, modern agriculture, universities, and some political parties.   The church is present in every country of the world, and remains the only regular gathering place for people in many small local communities.

Why do we do this?   Well, we believe the risen and living Jesus has called us to follow Him in serving the world, growing the Kingdom, the reign of God and God's ways.   It's for the common good.  Come and Join Us!

God Bless us as we trust Christ to transform church and transform our communities.

Jim.

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