GLEANINGS FROM THE PARISH NEWS - JANUARY 2019
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Gleanings from the Parish News
Following the donation we sent out to Bobi last year after our fundraising coffee morning we were contacted by Bishop Johnson Gakumba, the Bishop of Northern Uganda who some of us met a couple of years ago when he was visiting the UK. Bishop Johnson asked if we would consider sharing the funds we were raising for Bobi with another parish in the area called Lakwana.
Lakwana is another community which like Bobi was formed back in 1990 when following the end of the civil war refugees started to return to rebuild their lives in areas where they had once lived. Lakwana receives no overseas support and is very much in need of help. With the Parochial Church Council we agreed that this would be a wonderful opportunity to help another Christian community in Northern Uganda. Lakwana has a Primary School with 680 pupils, they have two boreholes which were donated by well wishes a few years ago but they have since broken down and stand unused because the school has no funds to repair them. They are also struggling to put up a church building and a house for the parish vicar. These are all projects that our fundraising can help with whilst still supporting the people of Bobi and maintaining their water borehole.
We have just received a report from Bobi telling us that their water borehole has had some repairs and maintenance work done on it and it continues to work efficiently.
The school were able to buy some new furniture and we have received a letter of thanks from them. Some improvements were also made to the church and vicars house. Once again we are amazed how much they can achieve with our donation and it just encourages us to continue supporting as them much as we can.
We would love to raise even more money in 2019 so that we can get at least one of the broken boreholes repaired in Lakwana, how wonderful would that be to achieve. Our annual fundraising coffee morning will be coming up in the spring, the date will be in the February magazine so do please come along and support it, everybody is welcome.
Sally, June & Daphne.
A NEW YEAR LETTER
FROM THE BISHOP OF HORSHAM
Happy New Year to you! With Christmas behind us, we begin to follow Jesus afresh through a new year and respond both to the compassion he shows us and to the challenges of his teaching. Over the last few years, The Diocese of Chichester has travelled through each year with a particular focus: mercy, the Bible and, in 2018, prayer. We are encouraged to travel through 2019 looking through the lens of vocation.
2019 has its calendar of scripture readings, its festivals and solemn days and its decision-making moments. In all of these we are invited to listen afresh for the voice of Jesus and we are invited to listen out for his calling us in new directions, to fresh courage and sometimes to fresh sacrifice. Just as the reading of scripture is a lifetime's work and prayer is a lifetime's conversation, vocation is a lifetime's journey. The Good Shepherd never stops calling his sheep onwards. Vocation is not simply responding once or about making a prayerful choice of career. It is about responding repeatedly, day after day and moving in one direction or another as the Good Shepherd leads.
Through this Year of Vocation, we are invited to be especially attentive to the ways in which God is calling us into new territory. We are invited to explore what possibilities God is opening up for us to serve him through our family life, through our professional life or maybe through some particular service within His Church. We are also invited to take a fresh look at what God is doing in other people and to recognise how he is at work, developing and maturing their skills and understanding. Perhaps it will be you that recognises what God is asking of them and helps them to understand it too. It is not always the person being called that hears a voice first. Sometimes someone has to tell them before they recognise it for themselves.
May 2019 be a year of listening not only for our own sakes, but also for those who rely upon our hearing.
With prayers and good wishes,