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As we approach our Church Anniversary weekend, we have much to celebrate. We look forward to our Gift Day, Bake-off and Coffee Morning on Saturday, foll0wed by our celebratory services on Sunday — and yet more cake!
We will be creating for the Bake-off contest, enjoying the cakes, the coffee and the company of our special friends within the Church family. And on Sunday we will gather together from the early service and the later service to again share cake, coffee and company.
There is a bit of a theme here, and although we enjoy the food and the drink, the time of enjoying the company of friends and of family is something very special — and I suspect much of the time this is something we very much take for granted.
If I'm in a hurry, off to a meeting or an appointment, it can be a challenge if I bump into someone but haven't really got that much time to spare. Sometimes if I'm preoccupied I pass by, not because I'm being rude but because I genuinely haven't seen you — for that I am sorry! However, wherever I am I will always say "Good Morning" or "Hello" or just a smile to acknowledge you. And doesn't it make you feel better? Sometimes that's all it will take. An acknowledgement that you do exist, you are there.
Some time ago whilst at work, I said "Good Morning" to a lady. Ten minutes later I saw the lady again and again said "Hello". Some time later the lady came up to me and thanked me. I was quite confused and asked why. The lady said that I was the first person who had spoken to her in nearly a fortnight — she had spoken to no-one else in that time. And she thanked me. I have to confess that I left the lady and went into another area to catch my breath. It was a very good lesson. Never presume. Always show kindness. That lady could have been my grandparents, my parents, me. Never take your friends and family for granted. They really are such special people.
So enjoy the Church Anniversary weekend and all the celebrations along with it. But also enjoy the friendship and fellowship of our wonderful Church family and the love of God which is the only constant thing for us.
Lin Fitch

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