The Inside Column 14/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 14, 2018 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him. Please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

What an awesome term 3 at we have had at St Barnabas’! In our society one thing we don’t do very well is honour old age. Hopefully with so many baby boomers beginning to reach retirement age we are learning to redefine age, and societal attitudes will change for the better.

It is easy to focus on the negative aspects of aging; loss of friends, loss of mobility either physical or by giving up a driver’s licence, family all busy with their own lives and very often financial concerns. But there are positives too. With age comes wisdom, confidence, becoming a conduit to the past, having more time for loved ones and not to mention the Gold Card discounts!

We all age, but the important thing to think about and focus on is what is it God wants us to be doing at this stage and age of our lives. He knows how long He has placed us on this earth, a perfect time in His eyes – so it is up to us to make the most of all that time we have to honour God and fulfil His purpose for us.

“All things are done according to God’s plan and decision; and God chose us to be his own people in union with Christ because of his own purpose, based on what he had decided from the very beginning.”

- Ephesians 1:11

One thing that is great to see happening at St Barnabas is the impact our monthly community lunch Out To Lunch is having. It’s fantastic to see that we can now have over 20 people who are non-parishioners coming along to luncheon a regular basis, all having a positive time of fellowship over a healthy lunch. Loneliness is huge issue in our society but God’s plan for us is to live in community.

It’s the simple things that I hear about that make a difference to people’s lives on a daily basis. Our simple actions can make a person’s day whether it be returning someone’s trolley to the supermarket, inviting a neighbour for a cuppa or popping in to admire their garden. God loves us and expects us to shower that same love on those around us. Think about it. What small act can you do for your ‘neighbour’ to express the love of God? Next stop – put it into action!!!




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