Monday 21 March
Cue a children’s church lesson, where the group are given wipes to wash each others fingers and ears and thumbs, using the Jesus imperative to ‘wash one another.’
A church warden comes into the room and is told to stand stioll. The group stare and are told to ‘do something’ with him. His hands leave the room clean and fragrant.
Correct, innocently correct response.
QUITE AND QUIETLY HOLY!
Sunday 6 March
Walk down to church I was passed by a cyclist carrying a two bladed canoe paddle and I nearly shouted a witty comment.
Then I remembered and chuckled at a sign I saw last week – in big letters across a big building – “KARATE ZUMBA” – how to learn those killer dance moves.
Mothering Sunday – the church as mother? Perhaps a silly notion until you start dwelling on nurturing and at it best, the church community looking after its members and those who wander into that community.
No sillier than KARATE ZUMBA!
Thursday 3rd March
At Huddersfield Parish Church we had what could be a new tradition of the Church of England if not the church universal.
During a baptism three-year-old girl put her hand into the font, as directed, to test the temperature of water. She then put the water in her mouth and taste it. To her mum she said ‘It Tastes nice!’
And there we have it, baptism from the inside first.
Out of the the mouths of babes and children.
23 April 2015
He sleeps on the streets and in the church at a push when raining.
He is missing for a couple of months.
He appears on release from hospital, he is well and recovering.
People notice his absence still and ask after him.
He can now bear his flat and is coping.
Easter people notice and he has always been of Easter!
Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield
19 April 2015
I recall an evening in the late 1980’s, a Bishop’s Certificate tutorial held in Matlock, Derbyshire. The leader, the vicar of Monyash, spoke of a certain farm labourer he knew, years before.
Now, he was no scholar, not even a church worker and worshipped only once or so a month at evensong. There was suggested he was not so much a quiet individual as a non-communicator with anyone really. What made him stand out was that he stopped off to and from his job on a farm both morning and night. Indeed when it was suggested that the church be locked it was his faithfulness that demanded the door be left open.
When eventually asked about his daily routine, he responded that no words were exchanged in his moments alone with God.
“I looks at him and he (Jesus on the cross) looks at me.”
With that simple statement his beautiful and basic faith was secure.
Rev’d Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield
9th March 2015
In the time of lent we are reminded to clear space to search for and move closer to God. Richard Coles Says:
“I felt then as I feel now in an empty church, a release from anxiety, a sense of peace, a refuge from trials….”
Fathomless Riches – The Revd Richard Coles p18
For some of us the place we find rest and peace is a church; for others the top of a hill, the banks of a river, a chair by the fire. During Lent let us remember and seek out the places where we find rest and peace.
Let us cultivate times of quiet to be with God and to hear him.
Sam Crook – Huddersfield Parish Church