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Ministers Letter September 2010
We have all been stunned by the pictures of the flooding in Pakistan, the millions of people who have been affected. It is hard to take in that tens of thousands have been killed or thousands more left homeless. It has been good to see how generously the British people have responded to this crisis.
There is no need for Christ Church, Moreton Hall to open any sort of special account, we like you, will be sending our donations direct to the national charity which has been set up. It is at times such as these that we need to remember the fact of how lucky we are in this country. Despite the various things that go wrong, when you are confronted by wide scale human need, all the things that seem to divide us, politics, terrorism and indeed religion, fall into the background.
The one universal truth is that God is everyone’s Father, and He has no grandchildren. No matter where we are, we should all do our best to help each other and never be indifferent to tragedy. Jesus tells that the two great commandments are to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself. Perhaps these things are what we should keep in mind as we consider not only the future of our country in the face of massive cuts, but also how we plan the future of our own community on Moreton Hall. For it is only when we love God with all our heart do we have the strength to love our neighbours as we would like to be loved. Moreover, it is only when we love each other as we should that will be know the love of God in our hearts.
We hope that all the young people will enjoy the Holiday Club which is on at the moment, Tuesday to Friday 24th to 27th August, as well as a special service on the following Sunday. We also hope to see you for two events close together – Back to Church Sunday on the 26th September after which there will be a barbecue and the Harvest Festival on the 3rd October. These are good times for us to renew our faith in God, and learn how to love Him as we should, and to renew our trust and friendship in our neighbours as we come to share together.
With every good wish,
Revd. Jonathan Ford.
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.