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Benefice Safeguarding Officer: Rita Harrison-Roach is the Benefice Safeguarding Officer for Rogate with Terwick and Trotton with Chithurst Benefice.
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Rector’s Letter – August 2019
‘Christ Centred – Community led’
As a Church we are being tasked to use our resources wisely and to bring people together in a more cohesive and defined way for further growth. At a recent Church meeting I spoke of our need to see our four Churches as ‘One’ Church serving the whole and to explain this I shared an ancient African story about God which I would like to share with you all: “One day as God travelled up and down the vast continent he noticed a particular tribe was losing its faith. So he manifested himself in a field where four persons of the tribe were working, one in each corner. The four saw God standing in the centre of the field, looked closely at him, and then fell to the ground in adoration. God then vanished from their sight, but watched what ensued.
The four ran back to their village, assembled all the people and proclaimed that there could be no doubt, God truly existed, cared for them by coming to them in their work. One of the villagers asked, ‘what was God wearing?’ One of the persons working in the field said, ‘He was wearing a red cloak’, No said the other, ‘He was wearing a blue cloak’, you’re both wrong said the third, ‘It was a green cloak’. You’re all crazy said the fourth person who saw God in the field, ‘He was wearing a yellow cloak’. And with that they all started to argue and in the end it split the entire village into four factions.”
With little reflection, they might easily have reached agreement. Each had been given a glimpse of God. Instead of insisting that each had the complete vision, they might have admitted that each had a partial vision. Had they been open to the other’s person vision they could have ended up with a larger and far richer image of God which was rich in colour, all encompassing. The more united we are, the greater we will see our future Church growth and community flourish.
As a United Parochial Church Council we will be implementing a six month trial of a new pattern of services from this month to make for greater interaction and movement around our Churches and to explore ways in which we can work and worship more closely together. I hope that we will give this a try and let’s see how we can benefit from worshipping as ‘One’ with our four churches.
I would like to thank all those who have signed up so far to our new Parish Giving Scheme and I would encourage you if you haven’t as yet signed up to think about giving as your contribution will make a difference to our community as we seek to serve all people.
Yours in Christ,