Talking together..A Problem Shared…

There are times in all our lives when we’re faced a problem or dilemma that we really struggle to find our way through without the help and support of someone who has ‘been there, done that’. They may not necessarily have the right answer for you, but it can be comforting, as well as helpful, to talk to someone who will just listen, and not judge.

There’s a great deal of truth in the saying, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. The world today is a much smaller place than it ever has been; communication is easier than ever before, and you can talk to someone anywhere in the world at the click of a mouse. But if you don’t have family close at hand and you feel more comfortable talking to a real live person you need to be part of a bigger family. A real community of people who care, who will never turn you away or shrug and say, ‘not my problem’.

I read Julia Douetil’s excellent and thought-provoking piece in last month’s PeriNews with considerable interest.

George, our new Vicar, has in so many ways galvanised the church – and the community. New people are coming along to church services – especially Church on the Green – and asking questions, including ‘What can I do?’ And in some cases looking for someone to confide in, someone to listen. The church is just one of many community organisations in our village. But unlike some it’s open to every-one: whoever or whatever you are, no qualifications needed. As part of the church community you can – if you want to – offer your services as a volunteer. You may find yourself being able to share your life experiences with someone who is looking for help or guidance, and reach out to them. Or you can just come and enjoy the spirit (Holy or otherwise!) of our community. Being part of the church community is a wonderful way to guide ourselves and others through life and, one hopes, to give us some peace from the busyness around us.

Come along and see. Let’s pull together to help bring a sense of real togetherness to our community. Our family. Our church. Come along and reach out to God, the Head of the family, who never turns you away, who always listens.

Let’s look forward with hope to the future.

Revd Gary Williamson

Bouncy Castle at the Church on the Green Bouncy castle at Church on the Green