|Reverend Carolyn Oley and the leadership team
Please note that Reverend Carolyn will be away on annual leave from 10th
to 31st August. Reverend David Painter will be taking services in her absence.
Reverend Carolyn writes...
these summer days I am thinking about hospitality, that welcome that we give to
friends coming over for a barbeque or to stay for a meal, or to family just calling in. In our churches we have been
welcoming guests to weddings and baptisms. The dictionary defines hospitality as "an instance of cordial treatment of
guests or strangers".
Thinking back to the tragic events that effected us all,
surrounding the holiday makers in Tunisia, I think it would be easy to have missed the hospitality given at great cost
by the Tunisian people to complete strangers. A civilian skipper during the unfolding massacre, steered his ship into gunfire
to save vulnerable lives. Staff from the hotels were found running towards the beach as the tourists were trying to escape.
Local doctors and ambulances arrived before the police put an end to the bloodshed. Tunisians have shown what hospitality
looks like when it is fortified with courage.
In all of our churches we
are becoming more aware of welcoming both friend and stranger. At last we have managed to get churches open so that they can
be places of sanctuary during every day, not just Sunday. I am also working to place a welcome leaflet into each church, explaining
what our churches stand for, the overwhelming generosity and love of Jesus Christ. It is His welcome that you will find, His
hospitality for you to enjoy.
With love and prayers,
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