St.Martin of Tours
Church Road, Chelsfield, BR6 7SN
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Daily Prayers - John Sargant and Val Hemmings are now broadcasting live daily prayers on Tuesdays and Thursday at 8.15am on our Facebook page. You can watch it here or directly on our church Facebook page.
We are delighted to announce that the church is open again, for individual private prayer only, on Saturdays and Tuesdays from 10am - 1pm. As you would expect there are lots of rules and regulations attached to this, so please link to the document below for background and further details before you arrive. An announcement regarding church services will be available shortly. (See more)
Sunday 5 July 2020
The Fourth Sunday after Trinity
Life has always been full of conflicts and contradictions. Life in Covid-19 lockdown has been challenging and complex for us all. Conflicting and constantly changing advice has and continues to pull us first in one direction and then another.
Last week, for instance, when Bournemouth beach was tightly packed with swarms of people ignoring safety advice to enjoy the warm sunshine, whilst at the same time some families were refusing to send their children to school because classes of 20-30 were not safe. Then there were the thousands who marched in protest for what they considered a worthy cause ‘Black Lives Matter’, yet ignored the fact that many on the march were in the most vulnerable category for contracting the Covid-19 virus. Just a couple of examples of the clash of values facing society today - health v economics, safety v normality, rights v responsibilities.
Now lockdown is being further relaxed and whilst I am looking forward to enjoying a pint at the Five Bells, and getting a haircut; I need to continue to consider the mental, physical and spiritual impact of my actions on others.
Jesus offers a solution through this moral and spiritual maze. Interestingly, he does not say that he can make conflict, complexity, contradiction and challenge disappear altogether. What he does offer is rest for our souls and refreshment for our hearts. He promises an oasis of calm where we can offload our burdens and find a new kind of peace, which may help us navigate a path through and understand a complex and challenging post-Covid world.