The Rector Writes

Dear Friends,

As I write this the World Cup finals have been started for a week and England have managed to win an opening group game for the first time since 2006.  I used to enjoy the World Cup but England’s performances over the years have beaten the enjoyment out of me.  It came home to me last week when the song ‘Three Lions on the Shirt’ came on the radio and referred to ’30 years of hurt’, that 30 years is of course now 50 years, and that reminded me of the darkest times. These weren’t the times when England failed to qualify, in 1974 and 78, but rather were the 3 tournaments between ’98-2006 when England were actually good and there was a real expectation that they would do well.

In the film ‘Clockwise’, headteacher Brian Stimpson (played by John Cleese) says, “It’s not the despair, Laura.  I can take the despair.  It’s the hope I can’t stand.”  That is how I feel watching English football, I so desperately want not to hope and yet every now, such as on Monday night that little light of hope flickers on again bringing not joy but dread as I wait for it to be cruelly stubbed out for another few years.

In his 1st letter to the Corinthians, chapter 13, Paul wrote that hope was one of the last 3 three great things, alongside faith and love.  Hope is a much undervalued and overlooked virtue.  Hope, true hope, is not something that can be so easily snuffed out by a little hardship or disappointment.  Hope should be what enables us to face and come through such difficulties.  In his letter to the Romans chapter 5 Paul wrote, “And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

Paul placed his hope in Jesus Christ, his hope for God’s kingdom, his hope for God’s people and his hope for himself, and in none of these things was he disappointed.  He saw the seed of the gospel he had sown taking root, he saw people coming to Christ, and he received for himself the promise of eternal life.  In Jesus we find a true and living hope, a hope that was tested by the darkness of death and which overcame it and rose again victorious.  I don’t know that the England football team will ever rise again but I do know that in Jesus I have a hope that will never let me down..

Yours in Christ,

Ian. 

Bishop Cyril


I recently received a telephone call from Bishop Cyril, the Bishop of the Diocese of Mampong in Ghana, informing me that he intends visiting the UK in July and it is his sincerest wish to join us in worship here in Mobberley on Sunday 29th July. 

Bishop Cyril has visited Mobberley before back in 2015 when we held a reception for him in the Church Inn and presented him with the gift of a laptop computer however he hasn’t been able to join us for worship, so I greatly look forward to welcoming him.  Those who are familiar with Ghana will know that there is often many a slip twixt cup and lip, so I won’t be absolutely certain he is coming until a week or so beforehand.

Assuming that everything does go to plan however, do come and join us for a special celebration service on Sunday 29th July at 10.00 a.m.  

Monday Night & Doorway Group

At St. Wilfrid’s we have two Bible Study groups, one meeting each Monday evening at 36 Edenfield Road and the other, Doorway, meeting each Thursday evening in the choir vestry.  Both groups use a variety of material to help the members grow in the knowledge and understanding of their faith.

The Monday Night Group will be finishing for the summer break with the last meeting on Monday 16 July 2018. The group will start again on Monday 10 September 2018. 

The Thursday Doorway Group will be finishing on Thursday 19 July 2018 and starting again on Thursday 6 September 2018 

Stewardship

July has tended to be the month when we have concentrated on Stewardship and Christian Giving.  This has been particularly true over the last few years when we have faced very large increases in our Parish Share payments.  This year we have decided to take a more low-key approach and concentrate on one very simple message, give efficiently.

We really want to encourage all our regular members and regular donors to switch to giving by Standing Order each month.  To help you there is a Standing Order form over the page, please fill this in, tear it out and either take it or send it to your bank, then you will no longer need to worry about using the envelopes, finding a pen or searching out change.

Secondly, we want to encourage people to make their donations tax-efficiently which for most people will mean using Gift Aid.  Making a one-off Gift aid declaration will mean we can reclaim the tax you have paid on your donation thereby increasing the amount you give by 25% at no extra cost to yourself.  Thank you.

Messy Church & Lifebeat

Both Messy Church and Lifebeat are taking a break over the summer.  Congratulations to our Messy Church for again winning the float competition at the Rose Queen Festival with the theme of ‘War is Over’.  We had soldiers, wounded and otherwise, Land Army girls, nurses, a town burgher, an ecclesiastically confused Vicar and a Suffragist (or was it a Suffragette)?  Our last Messy Church was on the 30th June when we had a Pool Party and Teddy Bear's Picnic, many thanks to Brian and Beryl for the use of their facilities.

Lifebeat will return in September in a new format and new location.  It is going to be more Bible Study based although retaining a worship element and will also last just one hour.

Messy Church and Lifebeat will both return in September on the following dates -

 

Lifebeat

Sunday the 2nd and 16th September

5.00 p.m.

Mobberley Methodist church

 

Messy Church

Saturday 29th September

10.00 a.m.
Rajar

The Association of Church Fellowships

We had two really good days this week, firstly on Tuesday there was the village trip to Llandudno and then our Wednesday Fellowship. 

We were very lucky again this year with the weather on Tuesday, it was glorious with the sun shining and a nice breeze, the shops having plenty of bargains to entice us and the sea a beautiful shade of blue. Perfect. 

Unfortunately, our proposed speaker Sue Sharrett couldn’t be with us on Wednesday so the Methodist Minister, the Rev. Scott Manning, kindly stepped in.  He enthralled us with many more stories of his homeland, South Africa, and stories of his family and how they are faring in this country.  It’s better than they thought it would be, but then they were lucky enough to be sent to Mobberley, can’t go wrong! 

Next month the Fellowship are going to Tatton Park to the Gardeners Cottage tea room for afternoon tea.  Entrance to the Park will be free, if you would like to visit the gardens the cost is £7:00.  A little self-drive buggy is free but there is a deposit of £10:00 which will be returned after the ride (I can tell you it’s good fun).  National Trust members have free admission.  Please be very careful walking on those cobblestones, they can be tricky but I’m sure we will have a lovely time.  We will meet up at 2:00pm at the rear of the Rajar Building where a taxi will be waiting to take us to Tatton Park.  We will be picked up to return at 4:30pm. 

Everyone made welcome
Pam Smith

The Rector Responds

QIf all humanity is descended from Adam and Eve what is the origin of the different races?

A. The Book of Genesis describes all human beings as being descended from either Adam and Eve (in Chapter 1) or more specifically from Adam alone (Chapter 2) and this concept does seem at odds with the diversity of humanity that we see around us.  If the whole of humanity is descended from the one same person then that leaves an awful lot of mutation to have taken place (and within a very short amount of time if you believe in a universe that was created in 4004BC).  

Some have suggested that when God confused the human language at the time of the Tower of Babel he may well have made genetic changes so that people would not simply sound different but appear different also.  This may not be as odd as it sounds as it is likely that people who spoke the same language would tend to group together, to intermarry, and so develop distinct genetic traits.  The only problem with this argument is that the Bible makes no reference to the people’s physical appearance either before or after those events, so we would be arguing from silence.  

Another argument is that Adam and Eve between them possessed the genes to produce children of all colours.  This could be explained very easily from Chapter 1 if one was created ’white’ and the other ’black’, mixed race couples today can have children of widely differing hues, even having one ‘white’ and one ‘black’ twin.  This argument doesn’t work so well with Chapter 2 where Eve is created from Adam’s rib and therefore shares his identical DNA.  Both of these arguments also only hold true if our understanding is based solely upon skin and hair colour.  Many people would suggest, both for good and ill, that racial distinction lies in more than simple colouration but in physical distinctions also.

However, there is the rub!  As long ago as 1950 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) issued a statement asserting that the concept of ‘race’ was not a biological reality but a myth.  Since that time a huge amount of further research has been undertaken almost all of which supports that conclusion.  If ‘race’ exists at all then it exists as a cultural, political and economic concept within society, not as a biological one.  

Svante Pääbo, a biologist and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, wrote "What the study of complete genomes from different parts of the world has shown is that even between Africa and Europe, for example, there is not a single absolute genetic difference, meaning no single variant where all Africans have one variant and all Europeans another one, even when recent migration is disregarded."  

What science has therefore shown us is that the Book of Genesis was actually right all along.  We don’t need to go looking for explanations for racial diversity in the Bible because, in fact, there isn’t any.  Every singly human being exists on the same incredibly narrow spectrum sharing almost identical DNA, which ultimately reveals the falsehood that exists in the original question, for there are no different races but one human race.

St. Wilfrid's Church Diary - July


Sun. 1st     The 5th Sunday after Trinity

                   Said Holy Communion (BCP)                                       8.30 a.m.
                   Sung Holy Communion (CW)                                       10.00 a.m.
                   Baptism (Harriet Mottershead)                                     12.00 p.m.
                   Lifebeat                                                                         5.00 p.m.
                   Choral Evensong (BCP)                                                6.30 p.m.

Mon. 2nd    Monday Night Group                                                     8.00 p.m.

Tue. 3rd      Thomas, apostle
                   Said Holy Communion                                                  7.00 p.m.

Wed. 4th    Communion at the Rajar                                               10.00 a.m.
                  Coffee Morning at the Rajar                                          10.30 a.m.
                  Team Meeting                                                                11.00 a.m.

Thu. 5th     Doorway                                                                        8.00 p.m.

Fri. 6th       Choir Practice                                                                7.30 p.m.

Sat. 7th      Church Open                                                                 12.00 p.m.

Sun. 8th     The 6th Sunday after Trinity / Lammas Day
                   Said Holy Communion  (BCP)                                      8.30 a.m.                          
                   All-Age Lammas Service                                              10.00 a.m.
                   Friends of St. Wilfrid’s AGM                                          11.15 a.m.
                   Choral Evensong (BCP)                                                6.30 p.m.
                   Prayer Group                                                                 7.45 p.m.

Mon. 9th     PCC                                                                              7.45 p.m.

Tue. 10th    Parish Lunch                                                                12.30 p.m.

                   School Governors                                                         5.30 p.m.

Wed. 11th   Holy Communion at the Rajar                                      10.00 a.m.
                   Coffee Morning at the Rajar                                         10.30 a.m.
                   Church Fellowship at the Rajar                                     2.00p.m.

Thu. 12th    Doorway                                                                        8.00 p.m.

Fri. 13th      Wedding Rehearsal                                                       5.00 p.m.
                   Choir Practice                                                                7.30 p.m.

Sat. 14th    Church Open                                                                  12.00 p.m.
                  Wedding (Edward Connock & Charlotte Bedale)            3.00 p.m.

Sun. 15th  The 7th Sunday after Trinity
                  Said Holy Communion (BCP)                                          8.30 a.m.
                  Sung Holy Communion (CW)                                          10.00 a.m.
                  Baptism (Francesca Cummins)                                       12.00 p.m.
                  Lifebeat                                                                            5.00 p.m.
                  Choral Evensong w. Healing                                            6.30 p.m.

Mon. 16th  Greater Chapter Meeting at St. John Toft                        7.30 p.m.
                  Monday Night Group                                                        8.00 p.m.

Tue. 17th   Victory Hall TDC                                                              7.00 p.m.

Wed. 18th  Holy Communion at the Rajar                                         10.00 a.m.
                  Coffee Morning at the Rajar                                             10.30 a.m.

Thu. 19th   School Leavers Service                                                    9.10 a.m.
                  Wedding Rehearsal                                                          7.00 p.m.
                  Doorway                                                                           8.00 p.m.

Fri. 20th     Choir Practice                                                                  7.30 p.m.

Sat. 21st    Wedding (Stuart Taylor & Helen Thorne)                         1.00 p.m.

Sun. 22nd Mary Magdalen
                  Said Holy Communion (BCP)                                          8.30 a.m.
                  Choral Matins (BCP)                                                       10.00 a.m.
                  Choral Evensong (BCP)                                                  6.30 p.m.

Wed. 25th  James, apostle
                  Communion at the Rajar                                                 10.00 a.m.
                  Coffee Morning at the Rajar                                            10.30 a.m.
                  Said Holy Communion                                                     7.00 p.m.

Fri. 27th     Choir Practice                                                                  7.30 p.m.

Sat. 28th    Church Open                                                                   12.00 p.m.

Sun. 29th  The 9th Sunday after Trinity
                  Said Holy Communion (BCP)                                          8.30 a.m.
                  Sung Holy Communion (CW)                                          10.00 a.m.
                  Sung Holy Communion (BCP)                                         6.30 p.m.