My thanks goes out to the Church Mouse for the annual church meeting survival guide….this has made the meetings more light hearted and fun!
They are well worth a read especially when you have more than one!
On monday clergy from Lincoln diocese spent time with the wedding project team and they showed this clip of a wedding entrance which is viewed by an amazing amount of people….it just seems to draw you in….
I went with the Bishop fo Grantham to a Confirmation Service at St. George’s Church in Stamford. It was a great service and there was a time of sharing of faith…why the candidates had chosen to / been called to be confirmed within the service. Katrina shared this poem she had written:
Part The Curtains
Does not beauty shine forth behind the clouds?
Does not light overrule the darkness?
God’s light is like the sun above the clouds,
And when the clouds part, does not a banner of hope come forth?
A golden beacon,
A candle in the dark.
Does not a smile appear upon your face,
At the sight of such beauty and hope?
Don’t give up hoping,
Don’t live in despair.
Christ is watching from behind the clouds,
Waiting for you to part the curtains,
And embrace the light.
By Katrina Sissins
It’s Harvest time again….here is a harvest poem….
The Diary of a Church Mouse by John Betjeman
Here among long-discarded cassocks,
Damp stools, and half-split open hassocks,
Here where the vicar never looks
I nibble through old service books.
Lean and alone I spend my days
Behind this Church of England baize.
I share my dark forgotten room
With two oil-lamps and half a broom.
The cleaner never bothers me,
So here I eat my frugal tea.
My bread is sawdust mixed with straw;
My jam is polish for the floor.
Christmas and Easter may be feasts
For congregations and for priests,
And so may Whitsun. All the same,
They do not fill my meagre frame.
For me the only feast at all
Is Autumn’s Harvest Festival,
When I can satisfy my want
With ears of corn around the font.
I climb the eagle’s brazen head
To burrow through a loaf of bread.
I scramble up the pulpit stair
And gnaw the marrows hanging there.
It is enjoyable to taste
These items ere they go to waste,
But how annoying when one finds
That other mice with pagan minds
Come into church my food to share
Who have no proper business there.
Two field mice who have no desire
To be baptized, invade the choir.
A large and most unfriendly rat
Comes in to see what we are at.
He says he thinks there is no God
And yet he comes … it’s rather odd.
This year he stole a sheaf of wheat
(It screened our special preacher’s seat),
And prosperous mice from fields away
Come in to hear our organ play,
And under cover of its notes
Ate through the altar’s sheaf of oats.
A Low Church mouse, who thinks that
I Am too papistical, and High,
Yet somehow doesn’t think it wrong
To munch through Harvest Evensong,
While I, who starve the whole year through,
Must share my food with rodents who
Except at this time of the year
Not once inside the church appear.
Within the human world I know
Such goings-on could not be so,
For human beings only do
What their religion tells them to.
They read the Bible every day
And always, night and morning, pray,
And just like me, the good church mouse,
Worship each week in God’s own house,
But all the same it’s strange to me
How very full the church can be
With people I don’t see at all
Except at Harvest Festival.
I’ve found a new gimmick on Flickr and I rather like the outcome….it’s called hypnotize.
This is worth reading and so true….
via The Vicar’s Wife
Check out The Church Mouse or Jeremy Fletcher’s blogs.
See below this youtube link thanks to Ruth Gledhill of Bp Tom Wright’s speech:
A great review and I agree – ‘Rev’ was hilarious and realistic – not too sure about the archdeacon character at the moment though…
via Bishop Tim Ellis’s Weblog