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!