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Girton Parish News - November 2000

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The New War Memorial

Message from St Andrew's

THE  PARADOX OF OUR TIME

As a sign of our ever-shrinking electronic world, the words below were sent to me from friends in a small rural village in southern Botswana. A Colombian High School student wrote:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; 
wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; 
we spend more, but have less; 
we buy more, but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families; 
more conveniences, but less time; 
we have more degrees, but less sense; 
more knowledge, but less judgement; 
more experts, but less solutions; 
more medicine, but less wellness.

We have multiplied our possessions, but diminished our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We've learned how to make a living, but not a life; 
we've added years to life, not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour. 
We've conquered outer space, but not inner space; 
we've cleaned up the air,  but polluted the soul;
we've split the atom, but not our prejudice. 
We have higher incomes, but lower morals;
we've become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of tall men, and short character;
steep profits, and shallow relationships. 
These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare;
more leisure, but less fun;
more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom;
a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to forward this message and make a difference.............
or just hit delete.

As the world becomes smaller, we travel faster, leaving behind something of deep value  that  matters most. The shaping of character takes time, time that most people no longer seem to have. We can be more fruitful and peaceful knowing that our time is in God's hands.
.
Rob Mackintosh
 

Message from the Baptist Church

THE SEASON OF REMEMBRANCE

During the summer my wife Laura and I spent some time researching the history of Girton Baptist Church with the aim of putting together a display and writing a booklet about the Church.  One gem of a find was the Cambridge and County Quarterly Magazine, a local Baptist Publication with reports of chapel life from the early years of the twentieth century.  A bound set of the magazine is in the Central Library's Cambridgeshire Collection, although we are still trying to track down a copy from January 1914 as this edition contained a photograph of Girton Chapel.  Taken together the accounts of Girton show how the chapel declined to a point where it closed in 1902, was restarted again with much prayer and within ten years had a congregation of fifty, a Sunday School of seventy and a completely refurbished building.  The most moving reports though concern the War and the effect that it had on the Chapel and Village, and it is these that I want to share with you this month, for November is the season of Remembrance, with the two minute silence at 11 o'clock on the 11th and church services the following day. 
 
At present we have ten men at the Front and many more from the village are in training.  A small parcel was sent to each at Christmas; the gifts were much appreciated, and thanks have come to us from France and Salonica.  (January & April 1916)

The work progresses steadily, yet we cannot but feel sad as we watch the men of the village leaving home, parents, wife and children for the war, and we extend our deepest sympathy to them and to those left behind.  One of our members (the Chapel Caretaker, Mrs. Kidman), has six sons serving their country, five of them on active service, all formerly in our Sunday School.  (July 1916)

The war has told heavily upon us: one of our old scholars, Private Horace Asplen, of the Suffolks, has been killed in action; Fred Bradfield has been seriously wounded and has had to have his leg amputated; two sons of Mrs. Kidman have also been wounded.  It was hard to say good-bye to our young men as they went to danger or death at the call of their country, especially to those who are the fathers of some of our Sunday School children, and as we see their little ones come and go, our prayers go up for them, Lord bless and protect them, and bring them back soon in peace.  (January 1917)


When God's people are told to remember in the Bible it is never solely with the idea of looking back.  When Jesus taught his followers to remember him through bread and wine, he gave us something with a past, a present and a future dimension.  In the Lord's supper we look back with thanksgiving to the time when Jesus died for us on the cross;  we are conscious that the same Lord rose again ascended into heaven and in the present says to us "I am with you, I will never leave you or desert you" and we look to the future, remembering the words of Jesus that communion wasn't to be celebrated for ever, but until the day when he will come again.

Likewise for me the season of Remembrance has a three-fold purpose of past, present and future.  We have to start by looking back, by drawing on memories, be they personal or second hand.  The magazine extracts have brought home to me the effect that the War had on ordinary people and that encourages me to think forward.  In the present I thank God for the peace that we now enjoy in this country and for the future I pray for conflicts to cease throughout the world.

Phillip Staves

Message from the Girton Glebe School

Girton Glebe News

During the past month, we have taken part in some exciting events at the Glebe.  We have just finished Book Week with a Book Quiz, special assemblies, Book Fair and most exiting of all, a whole day visit by the children's author Jeremy Strong.

We held our Harvest Festival in school on 9th October, and had a non-uniform day on behalf of Jeans for Genes on 6th October.

The PTA have begun the Millennium Garden, and the courtyard area has been stripped ready for new areas of seating and hard surface between the garden areas.

Of course the children also continue to pursue their academic achievements, and as a school, we have been celebrating the successes of our leavers in the year 2000.  We were very pleased with the results about to be published in Level 4 and above:
                        English         88%
                        Maths           91%
                        Science         97%
However, every child, whatever their ability, did their very best in the end of year SATs; and this too is very important to us as a school.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Christmas Fair on 2nd December.

Susan Baker, Headteacher

Last updated: 30th November 2000