St Georges Hyde

Readers Letter for November 2017

 

Dear Friends,

Tom Luke, from Hyde’s Methodist circuit,  and I,  are undertaking some of the assemblies from our school. Just sitting in church with the children is a privilege. The whole school come into church and the first thing that strikes you is the way the children care for each other. The young ones are often holding hands with their partners. The older children look after the little ones. They are polite and considerate and listen respectfully. They also love to join in, delight in being chosen to light a candle or take part in a drama. They answer questions enthusiastically, pray heartily and sing with great joy. They are a real community, one where their individual faith doesn’t matter. They are united in their belief that they are all loved by God.

I wonder at what age mankind starts to notice individual differences? When do we start to think our God is better than someone else’s God, that our tradition is more relevant than theirs? When does mankind become judgemental, deciding on the deserving and the undeserving, demanding you have the ‘right’ opinion or you don’t fit in, deciding what is normal and what isn’t, even judging who has the right to live and who doesn’t.  Our world today is harsh and unforgiving and as Christians, it is a difficult world to live in. The sense of belonging to a caring community is hard to identify.

The apostle Paul had much to say about Christ’s community.

‘For we are all baptised by one Spirit so as to form one body, whether Jew or Gentile, slave or free, and we were all given the one Spirit to drink’ (1 Corinthians 12:13)                                                                               ‘And let us consider how we may spur each other on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approach’ (Hebrews 10:24–25).

The children at St Georges have a community based on a shared vision, led by Trish the headteacher and her team. Communities need leaders and the body of Christs people does not function well without a head. At this time, we are leaderless and it would be easy to feel potentially adrift. But we are one body in Christ and the Spirit will be our guide. Until our future is clear, we need to hold onto those things which set a Christian community apart from the world. Meet together, pray together, seek out the lost and bring them home, set aside differences and opinions.  If we remain strong as a community of faith, the Spirit will guide us in the direction of Gods will.   

Diane Deakins