On Sunday 8th January we welcomed Rev. Neville Markham to lead our worship. 'Rev. Nev.' is the Chaplain at the Royal Bolton Hospital and, as part of his service, he gave us an insight into the important multi-faith chaplaincy work that goes on there.
It was interesting that he thought people could relate more easily to a Chaplain than to a Church.
His theme was the Baptism of Christ and how Jesus's life was laid out before him as the Son of God in human form.
He then posed the questions "Who do we think we are?" "Where are we going?" " What is our life's journey all about?" Being the start of a New Year, it is traditionally a time for reflection and resolution, but Rev. Nev. cautioned against both too much nostalgia and unrealistic resolutions (which are never kept) - better to be up for the challenge that every new day brings. With so many issues swirling around us, we might feel that our Church and our Faith are vulnerable and in some places under direct threat, but for support & inspiration we only have to look to the example of Jesus whose acceptance of his earthly vulnerability took him to the cross!
God Bless us all.
Kindly written by Stuart Whittle.