Rev. Helen Kirk: November 2018
Recently I made a really fascinating discovery that, up until the beginning of 19th century, the word 'Loneliness' didn't exist. Presumably, because people lived in small communities in which everyone knew everyone, there was no need for a language of loneliness. How things have changed! Today we have what has been termed an epidemic of loneliness.
In the next few months we will be hoping to start the building work on the 'Welcome Area'; much of the work is work that has needed to be done, such as improving disabled access; upgrading utilities; replacing structure that is tired or even falling down. The majority of the cost is due to much-needed infrastructure rather than a 'fancy' kitchen. However, I also believe there is a bigger vision. To offer a safe space for welcome and belonging, to offer support to people who are struggling with loneliness. Perhaps it could be a 'listening space' for those who feel they have no one to hear them; perhaps a gathering place for parents of young children who feel isolated and alone; perhaps it could be a 'safe space' for those who are struggling to remember but may be prompted by shared memories; perhaps it could be a practical space for those who have no access to the internet in a world where everything is online.
These are some of the ideas that the Church Leadership Team are exploring, so that we might truly create a 'Welcome Area' that offers hospitality to those who need it most. Perhaps this changes the word 'Welcome' from an easily-used expression to a description of something that truly transforms.
To read Helen's full article from our LINK magazine, click here.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
The Aylesbury-based charity Karibuni Children are delighted to welcome The Wycombe Community Choir to our church on Saturday 8th December from 6.30pm. Doors will open at 6pm, admission is free but donations are invited.Started in 2016, the choir now have 80-90 people regularly rehearsing. They sing all sorts of stuff from pop, musicals, classical, gospel — you name it they love to sing it...
Next March may seem a long way away but we have managed to secure excellent seats for the Royal Philharmonic's concert entitled 'Lets Face the Music' — a tribute to the great Musicals. The date is Sunday March 17th at 2.30 p.m. Coach booked, leaving either from the Church, Bedgrove or Wendover with time for a coffee after church and time to enjoy your packed lunch on the coach. ...
Here is a true story you may like to share with any children you know. It relates to the first day of term at a Canadian High School, when one class found they had no desks. The teacher, Martha Cothren, explained that they couldn't have their desks back until they told her how they had earned the right to sit at one.Throughout the day, they came up with suggestions such as their grades or...
Hall Rooms 4/5/6