27 Aug

Newsletter, August 26

Reverend Sheelagh’s Thought for the Week: August 26, 2015

“Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above…” James 1:14

The first day of our camp was filled with generous giving and we all realise how perfect this gift is.  To be able to do this is such a gift for each of us, for we know that it is good. We don’t run a “religious” camp, but it is most definitely spiritual.  So many people make this happen. The musical gifts of Yah Yah and Kim, the artistic talents of  many of our members, Gezine, Carole, Eugene, to name just a few; the generosity of the town restaurateurs, the food ministry of the Dorns and our energetic youth. Let’s not to forget all the silent helpers behind the scenes and in previous camps, who inspire, lead and guide. This is truly the body of Christ at work in the world and it is filled with God’s grace!

I can’t tell you how blessed I feel today.  This is what feeds my soul – this is why I was called into ministry.- this is what it means for me to live in to the Christ that abides in us as we abide in him.  Come visit us, see it for yourself.  Don’t miss our celebration in the park on Saturday at 2pm. Continue reading

15 Aug

Newsletter, August 12

Reverend Sheelagh’s Thought for the Week: August 12, 2015

There is no account of the last supper being shared with the disciples in the Gospel of John.  What we have instead is an entire chapter on the image of Jesus Christ himself as the body and blood of the Eucharist.  When my daughter was about five, she had been coming to the altar rail at the Eucharist to be blessed as many younger children do.  However, not much misses her eyes, and she noticed that some other children much younger than her were receiving the wafer and the wine. She asked me why she wasn’t allowed to have it too.  I explained that in England you have to wait until you are confirmed until you receive the Eucharist.  Not satisfied, she protested.  I countered, “well you need to understand better what happens when you receive the Eucharist, before you have it.”  “Well I do,” she replied.  “And what is that?” I asked.  “Well,” she said, “when you eat the bread and drink the wine, Jesus is inside you and becomes a part of you.”  I can not think of a better way to explain “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.”  Needless to say, she made her first communion shortly after.   Continue reading