A message from Duncan:
“I am among you as one who serves” Luke 22: 27
These words, spoken by Jesus to his Disciples, have been an important statement and model for living by St Christopher’s Church since its inception. Indeed, many of you may remember the original plate glass window of the new church building entrance lobby which had this verse etched into it – as a reminder of all entered that this is how we are expected to behave. And St Christopher’s has endeavoured to live according to these words ever since.
Which is why we are so excited by the prospects that the new developments (see page 2 of St Christopher’s News Summer 2018) will offer for us to not just continue, but also to increase the opportunities for service in the future.
Of course, this does not mean that members of St Christopher’s will be organising everything. Indeed, the really exciting aspect of this will be that these opportunities to serve can be extended to anyone in Thornhill with a heart and the will to do so. And St Christopher’s would like to hear from anyone who would like to use the re-developed facilities – situated right at the heart of our community – in order to enhance the life-chances of local folk, of any age or need.
The Festival of Talent was another great example of service – in bringing together many local people who have an amazing array of skills, and simply giving the opportunity to celebrate those skills and share them with others. We hope it was both interesting and inspiring. In fact we hope to organise an event next year where some of the skills can actively be shared, by offering people the chance to come along and actually try out for themselves some of these crafts – just to give it a little go. Look out for publicity in 2019!
But you don’t have to wait until next year to find an opportunity to be of service to others and our community here in Thornhill. On Wednesday 13th June Love Thornhill organised another Litter Pick. Thank you to all who came along, your efforts were much appreciated! And, of course, it’s important that we come together to enjoy each other’s company and have a bit of fun. So we hope that everyone who came along to the Summer Fête on 16th June did just that.
On July 29th we are pleased to welcome The Right Revd Jonathan Frost, our popular and respected Bishop of Southampton to lead the Songs of Praise and Picnic to celebrate St Christopher’s Day at 11.00am on the Church Lawns (if dry – inside of wet). Everyone is welcome to come along, join in some of Bishop Jonathan’s favourite songs of praise, hear him speak about them and join in the Bring & Share picnic!
With every blessing in love and service ,