Brian Gordon, our Circuit Administrator and Local Preacher, originally trained as a nurse and went on to become a trainer of nurses. This post led to his being sent to India on several occasions in order to recruit and train nurses to work in the UK. Parallel to doing this work he was also a Prison Chaplain. He was based at the Mount Abu Hospital in Rajasthan but during his visits he had the opportunity to visit other places in India, Sri Lanka (post tsunami) and Goa.

woman in sari

In a presentation to the Trinity Ladies Club, Brian brought along several Indian items to view including a Kurta (a very thin cotton shirt) and a sari bought for his wife. Then there were the animals/birds carved from timber and stone. After the initial carving, holes were made on the surface through which replicas were carved on the inside of the structures  –  amazing works of art. The ladies also saw a selection of rupee bank-notes.

The contrast between the rich and the poor is very evident in India. Whilst the wealthy drive Rolls Royce cars, many thousands live on the streets and have their addresses as lamp-post numbers.

After leaving the temple, it is customary for the worshippers to carry out a good deed. Consequently when Brian was there, lepers would be lined up hoping for alms. 

This article was inspired in part by the address of Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard to the annual Conference of the Royal College of General Practitioners a couple of years ago. In it she spoke of one of the contributing factors to illness, especially in the elderly, namely loneliness.

loneliness  –  helping hands

It is true that now many old people live alone, having survived their partner or loved ones. They live solitary lives, never seeing another person from one week’s end to another. They are isolated and alone. The result is that they appear at the doctor’s surgery, often unnecessarily because they have no one else to talk to.

wisdom  -  2 owls

Wisdom can be found in the most unlikely of places. Truth will jump out at us sometimes when we are least expecting it.

The Holy Spirit can sometimes tell us something even when we are not directly invoking his guidance.  We may just find ourselves surprised and suddenly grasped by an unexpected utterance or action which overwhelms us by how right it is.

It does not have to come from the Bible, the Creeds or the Hymn Book.  But if it does strike us as undeniably true, then we will also discover that it is consonant with what Holy Scripture teaches and resonates with it.  The Bible does not contain everything that should be considered to be true, although we believe that it contains all that is necessary for our salvation.  We do, however, also believe that the Holy Spirit is a manifestation of the living God, who still has new things to say to us.

 

How well, or not so well, do churches receive people with dementia, and their carers?

 

Dementia is a subject I was very keen to investigate more. I am eager to discover what our church can do to help people with dementia and their carers. It seems to me that as Government funding continues to decrease and local facilities are hit by these ongoing cuts, the church perhaps has the resources needed to help, especially with its buildings and people.

On the way from Davenport to Brookhouse Green : finding the right path

During late May and Early June 2016, Revd. Yvonne Pearson, the Superintendent Minister of Dane and Trent Circuit, set out to walk the length of the Circuit, working her way from church to church, in seven stages. 

On each stage she was accompanied by groups of people from the churches in the areas she was walking through.  She has written a report showing pictures of some of the people she met on her walk and some of the places and things she saw, plus descriptions and reflections on what happened. 

Coming up soon . . .

Saturday 21 Sep 10.30am
‘Stories from the Mantelpiece’
Saturday 28 Sep 2.00pm
Science & the Language of Prayer
Saturday 5 Oct 2.00pm
Science & the Language of Prayer
Saturday 5 Oct 7.00pm
Biddulph - Stoke Male Voice Choir in Concert
Monday 7 Oct 7.00pm
Brookhouse Green Harvest Auction
Saturday 12 Oct 7.00pm
Biddulph - Kingsfield Singers in Concert
Sunday 13 Oct 10.45am
Lower Withington Harvest Service
Wednesday 16 Oct 10.00am
MWiB President induction day
Saturday 19 Oct 9.30am
The Bible in a Nutshell
Saturday 19 Oct 11.00am
Two Saints Way Pilgrimage