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Letter from the Minister - June 2009
I want to say 3214 "thank-you’s" to the whole of the Moreton Hall estate for supporting both the Christian Aid collection and the Christian Aid fun-run. You will be very pleased to hear that twenty athletes ran ten laps of our course and raised £1100 for Christian Aid. One competitor, Mrs Simmons, raised in excess of £230. With things being so hard it was very generous of you to support the door-to-door collection and we raised £1534.83. With a Church collection of nearly £500 the total raised was £3124.44. That is £1000 more than last year. As an inoculation which costs just 50p can save a life, with that money we may have saved 6248 lives which just about the same number of people who live on Moreton Hall.
Some of you will know that inside Christ Church Moreton Hall we have a stained glass window. It is a picture of Jesus knocking on a door that is covered with weeds. The stained glass is based on a very famous Holman Hunt painting called Jesus, Light of the World. It takes for its inspiration the verses from the book of Revelation Ch.3, v.20 where Jesus says, "Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and answers the door I will come in and eat with him."
The painting and the stained glass window remind us that Jesus spends His days knocking on the hearts of every human being and the householders on Moreton Hall. He asks to come in to be with us and bless us. Often as not we are so busy with so many things we do not hear His knock. Those who knocked on the doors for Christian aid are like Jesus, the light of the world, bringing new light on to the estate by doing Christ's work. also bringing light and hope to those in third world countries who are suffering with poor drinking water, no education and little law or justice. Every penny has brought a shaft of light to those in such great darkness.
It was also the theme of our Back to Church 2 – the cream tea, where we had fun together and shared tea, cake, cream and scones afterwards. It is true to say that people were rolling in the aisles with the various jokes and fun events. Yet we were deeply moved by the testimonies of people who had come to faith recently. As some people had no knowledge of the church or Bible at all, we have started a beginners' Bible group so that people who are completely outside church life can find the basics. If that is something that would interest you, please contact us at the Church Office on 725391.
We see that many people are choosing church marriages this year. It has been a pleasure to call so many banns at church, and to welcome young couples into our worship. It is really good to know that so many people are making the permanent commitment to marriage and also are doing it in church at these difficult times. It shows that people do understand the value of not only doing things right but having God’s blessing for their lives as they do so.
On 31st May we welcome Bishop Clive Young, Bishop of Dunwich, to our evening service when there will be confirmation, communion, and adult baptism. Why not come along and see the numbers of people who have committed themselves to Christ in this very public way.
And finally, on a more personal note, with football teams winning European trophies or being relegated to lower divisions, it is good to note that the Christ Church’s own eight-a-side football team has progressed in the Sudbury cup competition and is now through to the semi-finals. We wish them well on 1st June and hope they can win through to the final on 18th June.
I am the Reverend Canon Jonathan Ford and I have been Minister here since 1990. I am ordained in the Church of England Ministry, married to Jane, and have two daughters Elizabeth who is married to Richard; and Rebeccawho is married to Andrew.