The Parish and the Community
This year, All Saints’ Harston PCC has decided, in order to reflect the support we gratefully receive from the community in Harston and beyond, and as a token both of our appreciation and also of our own commitment, to donate to the following local charities:
This is a care provider owned by the Papworth Trust, based in Queens Close, Harston that supports 6 young people over the age of 18, with learning disabilities who all live in individual units. We were delighted to see some of the young people and their carers at our Carol Service last year.
Cambridge Cancer Help Centre (David Rayner at Scotsdales):
Many of you will have noticed the beautiful building at Scotsdales, where a number of support groups for people with specific cancers can meet regularly, together with their families and carers.
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Barton Group:
This charity has been providing therapy, achievement and development for disabled people for over 40 years. There are 500 volunteer groups throughout the UK who organise activities including riding, carriage driving and show jumping for all age groups, and where possible, to people with any disability.
This is a self-funding horticulture project and farm shop, based in Teversham, that enables adults with disabilities to participate in education, personal development, work experience and social activities. It promotes equality and inclusiveness and also equips people with the skills needed to gain employment elsewhere.
Village Warden Scheme:
This was set up in 2000 by a group of Harston residents with the objective of helping elderly, infirm or housebound people to remain in their own homes with the help and companionship of other residents close by, and to have daily contact with a Warden. The scheme now covers Harston, Hauxton, Newton, Barrington and Orwell.
Fruit of the Spirit
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5: 22-23
At our February meeting of ‘Coffee and Chat’ we decided to discuss the first three fruit – love, joy and peace - and these are a few of the thoughts that were chosen by the group.
If someone asked me where I feel most at peace, I would always reply, in church. The solitude and silence is such a relief from stress or from a busy day. However, peace is also present during a church service; the regularity of prayer and praise, puts things into perspective, therefore offering us a sense of calm. There is a beautiful new bench in Harston churchyard in memory of Iris and Terence Armstrong. On my way home after walking my daughter’s dog recently I sat on the bench and absorbed the peace in this beautiful part of the church grounds. Wherever Brian and I are holidaying we always visit local churches and last year when in Wales we visited Tintern and the abbey. Even as a ruin its atmosphere is ever present. In William Wordsworth’s poem “Tintern Abbey” he describes the area as offering “tranquil restoration” to his mind.
Chambers Concise Dictionary describes JOY: intense gladness, rapture, delight, e.g. a beloved person, thing or event. When I think about Joy, it’s usually filled with such emotion as to become “tears of joy” and I suspect this applies to many of us when we think of important events in our lives – weddings, birth of children and grandchildren, someone you’re close to achieving a longed-for ambition, or reaching a personal goal. I don’t think Joy can be described as happiness. It is far too deep an emotion. In a recent edition of the Church Times, Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester, also considers how close Joy can be to Sorrow and quotes William Blake:
was made for Joy and Woe
And when this we rightly know
Thro’ the World we safely go.
Joy and Woe are woven fine
A Clothing for the soul divine
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine.”
It was a privilege to read the lesson recently at the funeral of my dear friend Bridget Bromilow. Bridget had chosen the verses from Colossians, which says to “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, but above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony”. At the beautiful service there was sadness, but also joy at a life well-lived, peace for Bridget and an abundance of love.