The Inside Column 12/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 12, 2014 No Comments

Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all.

If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.

It is my pleasure to be writing for the Inside Column this week. At present I am in the middle of doing module one of the Certificate of  Pastoral Care of Ageing People. As part of the course I have had to pay particular attention to what our church buildings are like in terms of being easily accessible and welcoming places. We are lucky to have good space and modern facilities but what has struck me as being of the utmost importance is having people helping other people. We know that the acoustics in the foyer are not perfect especially for those with hearing difficulties but perhaps we can find a quieter corner for conversation and take the time to find out if a person can hear better in one ear or the other. One lady who is hard of hearing told me she relies so much now on a welcoming and loving atmosphere and that is what she has found here at St Barnabas. I observe people assisting those with decreased mobility or limited vision to the altar rail and if you have trouble kneeling it is perfectly alright to stand to receive Communion. It’s great that we help those who may need their hot drink carried to a table and I would like to encourage everybody to keep looking for other ways to make our services and fellowship time easier and more welcoming for the not so able-bodied.

Also today I want to pay tribute to all involved in Pastoral Care Ministry in our parish. Margaret Hackston for the transport she provides and the visits she makes when people are unwell. The team of people who make soup and meals for Margaret to distribute. Those who help with Alpha and Marriage Courses and others who provide food for youth events. The people who lead and assist with Rest home services and the many people who quietly “beaver” away in the background.

I love these words of  St Teresa of  Avila.

“Christ has no body now on earth but yours,

no hands but yours,

no feet but yours,

Yours are the eyes through which to look  out with Christ’s compassion to the world.

Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good;

Yours are the hands with which He is to bless men now.”

Wishing you many blessings through the coming week,


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