On Sunday 2nd July we welcomed back Rev. Anne Cash whose theme was, coincidentally, 'Welcome' - and more specifically, 'Are we welcoming enough?'
This is of course a rather sensitive subject at the present time when we look at things like the UK's response to the Syrian Refugee crisis and the decision to leave the European Union in order to control migration (amongst other things).
However there have also been encouraging signs in terms of the public responses to the Manchester & London terrorist atrocities and the horrific Grenfell Tower Block fire.
We would all like to believe we are a 'welcoming Church' and that 'everyone is welcome here' but we have to constantly pass the test. It is certainly unnerving to think that God is watching us and monitoring our reactions and responses to those less fortunate than ourselves but may that thought serve to inspire us in our daily lives as we strive to make his world a better place for everyone.
God Bless - Stuart Whittle