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'Maureen's Musings'



October 2012

"Autumn days when the grass is jewelled,
And the silk inside a chestnut shell,
Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled,
All these things I love so well."

So begins one of the popular children's hymns that is often sung in our schools around this time of year. It has a good, catchy melody and has become quite a strong favourite over the last 20 years or so. As a child I never particularly looked forward to the start of the school year and the end of the long summer holidays - but then I was not the sort of child who was ever bored at home, so school came along as an 'interruption' to the life I enjoyed - and I would venture to suggest that school was never as fun and imaginative as the evidence that I see in our own St Chad's First School, here in Pattingham. So most of the youngsters that I meet now, seem to really revel in the time they spend there and the opportunities to learn and be with their friends.

There is another opportunity to learn, now that autumn is upon us - but this one is aimed more at the adults than at our younger generation. The fellowship group at St Chad's is following 'Living Faith' a course aimed at anyone who would like to develop in their Christian life and understanding. To quote from the leaflet explaining 'Living Faith' - "in a world in which few people have time for church, and lots of people find the Christian message irrelevant, it's not surprising if many Christians feel a bit unsure of themselves and would like the opportunity to learn more about the Christian faith.

Faced with unspoken doubts about
... God ...
... the world ...
... our own experience ...
... the Bible ...
... what we're here for ...
... where it's all going ...
It's all too easy to avoid the big questions."

If that sums up some of what you have been thinking and feeling, then why not pop in to the Loft (the upper room in Church) and find out if this could be for you? We will be meeting on alternate Wednesdays, beginning on 26th September, but don't be put off if you have missed the first session - I am sure you will find a warm welcome and find it not too hard to join in. We will be starting with a theme of Harvest and Creation (which seems appropriate in autum days!) and asks why it is important to identify God as the creator of the world, and indeed the universe. This is not to deny the important discoveries of science and our understanding of the role of evolution ... we will not be getting fixated on the 'how' - more on the 'why' that lies behind the miracle of Nature and Creation. We will also be reflecting on the way in which we can continue to worship when harvests are poor and life throws unexpected, unwelcome problems our way... Sessions in October will be held on Wednesday 10th and 24th.

So to finish with the chorus of that song with which I began these musings....

So I mustn't forget,
No, I mustn't forget,
To say a great big Thank you!
I mustn't forget.
May God bless your Autumn Days...

Maureen.