Monthly Service Timetable and Vicar’s Letter

CHURCH SERVICES IN JULY

Sunday 1st
9.30 am Austwick Holy Communion
9.30am Eldroth Holy Communion
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
11.00am Keasden Holy Communion

Sunday 8th
9.30 am Austwick Morning Prayer
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
2.00pm Keasden Holy Communion
6.30pm Austwick Holy Communion

Sunday 15th
9.30 am Austwick Holy Communion
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
7.00pm Eldroth Songs for a Summer Evening, tickets from Barbara Harrison
Keasden no service

Sunday 22nd
9.30 am Austwick Holy Communion
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
2.00 Keasden Evensong

 

Holy Communion Service at Austwick every Wednesday at 10.30.

Visitors to our villages are most welcome at our Church services.  Do come along and join us.

John’s Notes

Not so much the FIFA World Cup, it’s the alternative World Cup which has caught my attention of late. The Conifa World Cup is an international football tournament for states, minorities, stateless peoples and regions not affiliated to FIFA, organised by the Confederation of Independent Football Associations. The tournament was won by Kárpátalja in June, defeating Northern Cyprus 3-2 on penalties in the final. Kárpátalja represent the Hungarian minority in Carpathian Ruthenia (Zakarpattia Oblast, Ukraine). Other competitors included Tibet, Matabeleland, United Koreans in Japan, Panjab (representing the Punjabi community in the UK), and – my personal favourites – Ellan Vanin, the team of the Isle of Man.

I think it’s great that these small, often overlooked peoples have got together to celebrate themselves in this way. It’s part of a trend in sport of late which has also shown in the development of the Street Child World Cup (24 teams of street children competing in Moscow for their own international football tournament and festival of arts and advocating for the rights of millions of children surviving on the streets worldwide), the Invictus Games (in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing) and – most spectacularly successful of all – the Paralympics. No longer do physical disabilities or social deprivation have to limit people’s participation in society; and these popular events enable our wider society to embrace people once deemed untouchable outsiders.

One big reason I think this is great is because I think this is a sign of the good news at work in the world. Even a passing knowledge of Jesus’ teachings recognises that he was all for turning things upside down – in his eyes the ‘strong’ are weak, the ‘weak’ are strong, the ‘first’ last and the ‘last’ first, and so on. He began to create this upside-down world when he brought together as equals around the same meal tables, ‘tax collectors and sinners’ with the ‘great and good’ in all their pomp. I think that this world continues to show itself today, through the World Cup winning Kárpátalja team, Prince Harry’s Invictus competitors and their like.

Some say that Christianity is dying: because the churches are low on attendees on ordinary Sundays. I prefer to say that Christianity is diversifying: that the good news is taking on new shapes and forms in the world around us, that the gospel gene is creating new life in new ways all the time. We just need to keep our eyes open for signs of it.

Revd John Davies, Priest in Charge
john.davies@leeds.anglican.org. 01524 805928

All John’s talks are available to read at bit.ly/johndavies-talks.