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Kitchen Complete and Upcoming Screenings

Kitchen Complete and Upcoming Screenings

It’s taken nearly a year, but our new kitchen has finally been completed!

With our busy weekly schedule and limited funds, it’s been difficult getting this project completed, but I’m so glad we now have a functioning, modern kitchen installed in the Church that will be able to keep our Church functioning for decades to come. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the handful of volunteers that have pitched in over the course of the last year. Although we may well have a somewhat ageing population here in Ayl’s Ham, it turns out that we have no shortage of handymen!

The completion of the kitchen renovation has come just in time too, as this week we started our series of screenings of World War II films.

With Remembrance services just round the corner, I felt that it was a good time to bring together the congregation to watch some movies depicting the tough times that the people of Great Britain had to get through during the World Wars. There are very few people alive now who lived through World War I, but a great many of our congregation have memories of the Second World War. Although I was initially concerned about the reaction of some of these members’ response to this new series of programming, I’ve been really encouraged by the amount of tickets that we’ve sold and I’m greatly looking forward to seeing the pews fill up for a different kind of evening service.

In recent years, there have been a handful of movies released based around the events of World War II that have really helped shine a light on the great sacrifices that were made by so many during these difficult times and whilst some have accused these movies of potentially glorifying these events for financial gain, I believe that the intentions of the majority of these productions was pure. In the last year alone we’ve had three such movies that have attempted to depict the events of the Second World War without resorting to the cloying kind of heroism that was so common in the past.

We’ll be kicking off our series with Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge – a film that has been criticised for it’s excessive violence (much like his controversial Passion of the Christ) but commended for it’s depiction of a pacifist character, struggling with his faith in the midst of War.

The next few weeks will offer my congregation a chance to get out of the house and experience some new cinema, as well as to jog some old memories and pay tribute to the friends and family members that they lost during the Second World War. As we approach Remembrance, I’ll be collecting together the experiences of the audiences and bringing together our thoughts, with the aim of summarising the general sentiment of the community.

I hope to see many of you in the upcoming weeks!

Jeremy

Faith in Architecture – Matthew’s Parable

Faith in Architecture – Matthew’s Parable

There aren’t many Christians who aren’t familiar with Matthew’s classic parable of the Wise and the Foolish Builders. We’re often told this particular bible story as children, its easy to grasp and the lesson is important. However, it is so rare (and also tragic) that a child would ever need to draw from its teachings at such a young age. Even the most destitute of kids find a way of discovering joy in life, no matter how miserable their existence might be. No, Matthew’s tale is truly meant to calm and ease the adult mind in the face of adversity.

lighthouseFor those not fortunate enough to be familiar with the classic parable, I will give you a brief overview. Narratively, it is a lot simpler than Jesus’ parables, but as a result its message is much more succinct. Matthew asks his listeners to heed his words (the inherited words of Christ) and by doing so they will be like the wise man who built his house on rocks. A sturdy home, it withstands the floods, rains and winds. For those who do not heed the gospel, they are likened to the foolish builder; whose house built on sand is blown away by the same adverse conditions.

This might seem like a rather logical conclusion to draw, but its important to pay attention to the wording of Matthew so we can discover why this parable holds more weight for the adult mind;

‘The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock.’

sandcastleIn this story the man’s house is battered by the elements in three different forms. Are we to take the story literally, like the child, and assume the weather is particularly bad this time of year? Or, rather, should we read these weather signs as a metaphor? The rains, floods and winds are the troubles of life. Death, grief, pestilence – in varying forms these are the forces of nature that assault the adult existence. The realities of death and hunger might glance an unaware child, but their faith is not put to question, for their concept of faith is yet to be formed.

When we reach adulthood, we must be prepared to face the elements of life. When we choose to build our homes, we don’t start by throwing bricks at the ground in a pile. To build our faith we contact Architectural Emporium, we learn from other wise men. Once we have learned, we can choose our materials carefully and start building our homes on a bed rock of belief. By following the gospel’s teachings and fortifying ourselves against the flood we can best imitate the Wise builder, safe and secure protected by our faith in God.…