|Benefice Pastoral Care: Gill Thalon (23528)
Prayer Chain: Nick Carter (472861)
|Church Services at Froyle in October|
Details of all the services within the Benefice are also found on the church notice boards.
| For those who don’t know, Alison, our church administrator, left at the end of August after several years in the role. Hannah, Yann’s wife, has nobly taken on the administrator function on a temporary basis. Equally nobly, Steve Fice, who lives in Bentley, has volunteered at Yann’s request to conduct a general review of how the administrative and support functions for the Benefice should best be organised. This review will be concluded before the end of the year, and may result in changes to the administration role in the New Year.
Please note that Hannah’s working hours are slightly different to Alison’s. Hannah’s hours are Mondays 9am to 3pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am to 4pm (contact number remains 01420 23339, email address firstname.lastname@example.org). Hannah is based in the church hall in Bentley. Let me know of course if you have any questions.
|William Knowles - 23164|
|I’m an X Factor Masterchef Vicar - get me strictly out of here!
As I write, the latest series of Strictly has begun, one of the contestants being Reverend Richard Coles, formerly of the 1980’s pop group, The Communards, and now a contestant on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. His website says, “With over two million listeners, the Reverend Richard Coles is presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. He regularly appears as a celebrity panelist on shows such as Have I Got News For You and QI, and has made guest appearances on Pointless Celebrities, Celebrity Mastermind, Alan Davies As Yet Untitled and Songs of Praise. In 2016 Richard reached the semi finals of Celebrity Masterchef. Later in 2017, Richard will be presenting BBC One's The Big Painting Challenge, alongside Mariella Frostrup. Richard also writes regularly for newspapers and magazines and has an occasional column in Woman's Weekly.”
But is Revd Richard Coles’s engagement with the media a good thing or a bad thing? I have to admit I honestly don’t know. On the one hand it’s great that a Church of England priest can get airtime in a media dominated world marked by a growing ignorance on matters of faith and a worrying increase in hostility towards faith organisations generally and the church in particular. But on the other hand… well, on the other hand is this not just a bit of good old fashioned self-promotion rather at odds with Jesus’ model of humble living? And while it is often said there is no such thing as bad publicity, can a dancing fine-dining Vicar convey the spirituality of the Church?
James Abbott, the Digital Manager for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales comments on all those involved in the world of media, “We need to pray for the media and those working in the industry. Arguably we need to pray for ourselves as consumers.
In this era of fast-paced consumption, we need to pray that media professionals refuse to sacrifice accuracy for speed – the need to be first – and to carry the message rather than market it.
Collectively we need to be relentless in the search for truth and objectivity. We need God in this. He’s bigger than us – the ultimate influencer.
Lord, keep us steady; stop us relentlessly career-building and judging ourselves on followers, likes or the numbers in our networks. Help us see the truth and work for its promotion. Forgive us our human self-absorption. Keep at the forefront of our minds the need to understand and respect those we broadcast to and write for. Set us on a path to promote the common good and to help the poor and vulnerable in society. Amen.”