I recently read a book called Alone Together. It looks at how social media, such as the use of smart phones, is effecting human relationships. Digital technology makes it easy to link up with people all over the world all the time. Yet feeling a constant need to respond to messages can make it harder for us to actually know people and develop good relationships. We can be more in love with technology than with real human beings!
This month our Parochial Church Council (PCC) is having an ‘Away Day’ at Foxhill, a local conference centre. The PCC is the group of elected church members that is responsible for “co-operation with the minister in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical”. It will be an opportunity for us to get away from the day-to-day issues of church life and learn together what it really means to be a church – to develop good relationships.
Human relationships are never easy, that is why some people are alone and lonely in a world full of people. We are all so different, but Jesus’ command to his followers was: “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). It is that difficult command that we have to work out in our church life together.
Thank you to all those who helped organise and took part in the Good Friday ‘Walk of Witness.’ It was a moving experience and a wonderful witness to our togetherness in Jesus Christ.
(By the way, the baby rabbit is still on our back lawn and it’s getting bigger!)
With my best wishes,