I am writing this on a Sunday afternoon, so far in Church today there has been a service of Holy Communion, a Family service, and later there will be a service of Evensong at 5pm.
Lots of ‘service’ going on!
In worship, the service is to God; our offering in recognition of His goodness to us; but also as a service to those who want to come to Church to pray, sing, and hear God’s message for us today.
There have been many horrific occurrences recently, in this country and abroad – terrorist attacks, the awful Grenfell Tower fire, terrible floods, to name a few; and I am willing to bet that in most – if not all – of those situations, local churches will have immediately stepped in to offer whatever service they can to help people. Churches exist to serve; it’s what Jesus asks of Christians, modelling their lives on his life of service to others.
Thankfully, here in Pirbright, we have not experienced any major disasters, but your Church in this village exists to serve in whatever way is appropriate for this community. We try do that in a variety of ways – ‘services’ in church of course, both the regular ones and those that mark particular seasons or events. There are many other worship services that your Church offers to serve you – for baptisms, weddings, funerals, marking life and national events, family occasions, school services, etc.
We also try to serve in many other ways; the church is open every day of the year, all day, for people to go in and enjoy a few moments of peace and quiet.
We have organised Scarecrow Day for many years – to generate funds for your church but also to provide a happy funfilled summer day for the community to get together.
Now we are combining with Pirbright Parish Council to lay on a Summer Fete for the benefit of the whole village in 2018 – read future PeriNews for details and if you would like to be involved in planning and organising it, do let me, or Steve Fidgett, Chair of Pirbright Parish Council know.
Service – it is what your Church is all about. Do let me know if you think there are other ways that we can be of service to your family or our community.