News & Events
Our News and Events page is updated once a month with articles from our monthly parish magazine, "Viewpoint".
The articles below are copied from the July 2018 edition.
The complete magazines for May, June and July 2018 may be viewed by clicking on the links here:
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…from our Vicar, Rev. Jonathan Foster:
“Everywhere, Anywhere, Somewhere”
I have recently read a fascinating book by David Goodhart called “The Road to Somewhere” - it is essentially a socio-political commentary on modern Britain (and to some extent, the USA and Europe). If you have some spare time over the summer I recommend it.
Reflecting on the title and theme of the book and relating it to the Christian faith, three words keep coming to mind:
“Everywhere, Anywhere, Somewhere”
“Everywhere” - God is everywhere: 3000 years ago, the Psalmist wrote “Where can I go from your presence? If I go up to the heavens you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn and dwell on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:7-10 NIV). This is an encouraging image which is confirmed by the words of St. Paul to the Christians in Rome, a thousand years later. “Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NIV).
“Anywhere” - if God is “everywhere” then we can go “anywhere” and know that he is with us: we have the “home” security of a heavenly parent anywhere. Many, myself included, have found comfort in this, and I have found that it makes it easier to feel “at home” anywhere I go.
“Somewhere” - we all live “somewhere”. We live in a certain place, have a network of connections (large & small). If God is everywhere and anywhere he is with us each in our “somewhere” (place, home, community) so that our place, our community becomes part of his plan for everywhere to be filled with his love and so that others too may see God in their home, their locality and trust themselves and their “somewhere” to his ways too.
Every “somewhere” (every place, every community) is unique and matters. The life of faith is not about changing every “somewhere” into some kind of bland, globalised “everywhere”. Living for God in our “somewhere” is about helping our particular place and community be blessed, be the best it can, for the benefit of those in it. It is about filling that place with the love, justice, truth and peace of God (who is everywhere) so that all the people in it may experience God’s reality, love and blessing. Every place, every home, every community may differ in form but it will be principles of love and peace and justice that will help us work together.
Where is your “somewhere”, your locality, your community? What is God already doing? What do you think God is calling YOU to do, say, contribute?
We are all invited to join in God’s ways in our own “somewhere”. God, in his love, invites us to work with him for love, peace and justice—everywhere; and in his gentleness he waits for us to invite him to show us his ways in our particular “somewhere”. In this magazine you will read of lots of activities and initiatives to enhance and bless the life of this “somewhere”. Please come and join in and share your ideas and energy; and, wherever we are we can all perhaps try this prayer.
“Lord, let there be peace on earth (everywhere), and let it begin with me (in my somewhere)”.
With very best wishes.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Next meeting: Saturday 14th July at 10am in the Church Hall. The speaker this month will be Jim Pickering.
If you like music there are two concerts at St Clement's Church in July:
Tuesday 3rd July 7.30pm:
Summer Concert by Poole Light Orchestra
Saturday 7th July 7.30pm:
A ‘Home Grown’ Concert in aid of the House of Grace, Romania.
‘EqualiTea’ on Sunday 17th June:
It was a delight to welcome Sean Gabriel, 770th Mayor of Poole to our gathering. He spoke about his journey into local politics, and his surprise at his nomination.
He spent time mingling with many of those who attended.
Heartfelt thanks to Karen Viney for preparing the delicious sandwiches and cake that we all enjoyed.
Cream Tea for Romania:
Our next Community Cream Tea is on Sunday 15th July at 4pm in the Church Hall. At this event we will be raising funds for the House of Grace, Romania. Generous donations will be gratefully received.