This February could be the month that we all begin 'finding
a voice' ... now that might be a bit presumptuous of me in a
village and community that often demonstrates an ability to speak
out on a wide variety of issues. But I am also aware that the
idea of speaking in public (or even of speaking in private) on
issues of our faith is one that frequently terrifies people.
Which is one reason why we have decided to use a Lent course
that is a bit different this year and based on the excellent
film that came out last year - The King's Speech.
I hope that not only will enable and empower all of us to find
the courage to speak out a bit more - but it will also help us
celebrate the power of friendship to play its part in transforming
lives. And transforming lives of those around us - in all sorts
of ways, - is surely what we should be about as Christians? We
will begin before Lent with an opportunity to watch the film
through in its entirety (for anyone who has not been able to
see it before - or just to remind yourself of the story if you
saw it a while ago). Then, when Lent starts for real, we will
begin our course meetings on Monday 18th Feb. I am sure you will
find more information about this later in the magazine or on
the church website.
Finding a voice and speaking out when we see or hear of injustice
is an important part of being a follower of Jesus Christ. Fairtrade
fortnight runs from Monday 25th February to Sunday 10th March
this year and is all about 'taking a stand for the food we love
and the people who grow it.' - whether in this country or overseas.
Small farmers often struggle to provide for themselves and their
families and they're hit hardest in uncertain times.
them with the security of knowing they'll receive a fair price
for their crop and the long term stability that comes from having
a better relationship with their buyer - principles that we would
like to see adopted by our major supermarkets towards all their
suppliers. See the article later below about the tradition of
Plough Monday and some special prayers for our farming neighbours....
So if you can, please think about supporting the fair-trade mark
when you make your own purchases. Make your voice heard for justice
Roll on the Spring!