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Girton Parish News - February 2002

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Appointment of the Priest in Charge to St Andrew's Girton

The Revd Will Adam has been appointed as Priest-in-Charge of Girton and Ely Diocesan Ecumenical Officer. The licensing ceremony will take place at St Andrew's on Friday 19th April at which the Rt. Revd Anthony Russell, Bishop of Ely will preside. In the following paragraphs, Will Adam gives a brief description of himself

Since 1997 Will Adam has been Team Vicar of Witney, Oxfordshire and one of the Ecumenical Officers for the Diocese of Oxford He will take up his new post shortly after Easter.

Will is 32 years old. He grew up in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and studied theology at Manchester University before training for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge and at the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches, Geneva. Prior to moving to Witney he was Curate in the Beaconsfield Team Ministry in Buckinghamshire.
         
Will is married to the Revd Lindsay Adam who is currently Assistant Curate of Bampton with Clanfield in the Diocese of Oxford. They have one daughter, Liberty, who is nearly 3 and are expecting a second child in June.
         
Lindsay, Will and Libby are all very much looking forward to moving to Girton and to becoming part of the church and the community. They are looking forward to moving to the Rectory in the spring.

Wiill lists among his interests music (he has had some singing training and plays the oboe and the guitar), cookery and enteitaining. He reads widely in theology aiid contemporary fiction.
 

Message from St Andrew's

The Exaltation of True Love 

St Paul's Epistles, the oldest existing documents in the history of Christianity, remain after more than 19 centuries a source of strength and inspiration.  Little could the small churches of those far-off times have imagined, when Paul's Ietters were read to them, that the words that fell on their ears would come down the corridors of time carrying the same powerful effect and influence. An example is the 3th chapter of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians exhorting them to love one another and defining the characteristics of love.

These impassioned words are as relevant to us today as they were to the Corinthians then. We would do well to dwell on them and heed them in the conduct of our lives. Let me paraphrase Paul's words.

"Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does nor demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. If you love someone you will be loyal to them no matter what the cost You will always believe in them, always expect the best of them, and always stand your ground in defending them.

All the special gifts and powers from God will some day come to an end, but love goes on forever. There are three things that remain - faith, hope and love - and the greatest of these is love."

It was that quality of love that inspired and moved Thomas Moore, 19th century Irish poet and songwriter, to act in the way he did when lie returned home one night, after being away for several weeks, to find the house in darkness. His beautiful young wife Bessie was his greatest blessing. She now lay in a darkened room, and she pleaded with Thomas to leave the room in darkness when he came in.

While he had been away, she had been stricken by smallpox. Her flawless skin was now ravaged and disfigured, and she could not bear her husband to see her. That night Thomas set down in words and music all that he felt in his heart. As dawn broke he began to sing to Bessie the song he had written. As she listened to it, she rose from her bed, drew the curtains, called him in, and turned to face him, for the song told her in a beautiful way that nothing would ever change his love for her. These were the opening verses

"Believe me, if all those endearing young charms
That I gaze on so fondly today
Were to change by tomorrow and flee in my arms
Like fairy gifts fading away,
Thou would still be adored as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will
And around the dear ruin, each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still."

Shakespeare's sonnets from a sequence that has been called "the greatest love poem in the language". Sonnet 116 is the culmination and crown of all his sonnets. It demands and asserts the perpetuity of true love, and raises it to the sublimity of eternity. These beautiful lines are part of it.
 

 "Love is not love
 Which alters when it alteration finds,
 Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken."
 

The epistle, song and sonnet incorporate between them love of spouse, family, friends and neighbours. Would that the sentiments expressed in each of them be a guiding force in all our lives and illuminate our relations with all and sundry!

John T Wright
 

Message from the Baptist Church
 

Doing a Delia

Have you ever done a Delia?  In case you are wondering what a “Delia” is, the Collins English Dictionary defines it as the style of the cookery writer and broadcaster Delia Smith as in, “doing a Delia”, “a Delia dish” and “Delia power”.  The last description is a comment on the power of Ms. Smith to boost the sales of certain commodities.  In the first television series of  “How to Cook” the kitchen guru recommended a certain omelette pan and overwhelmed the manufacturer with orders.  In the second part she created a shopping stampede by insisting that no larder was complete without a particular brand of sea salt and Normandy sunblush tomatoes.  Now Delia power has struck again, for within hours of making a sticky fruit cake on the first programme of her third series she caused supermarket shelves to empty of prunes and condensed milk.  Not since the days of the second world war has the nation bought so many prunes, for sales have, according to Asda, soared by a staggering 30%.  Later in the series Delia is to prepare a canary pudding, but before you rush out to buy a bird, I think the “canary” refers to the bright lemon colour!

I write this as one who has himself “done an (occasional) Delia”, for I enjoy cooking and her recipes are sensible and straightforward.  I have though never done a “pukka” job with Jamie Oliver, had a quick slurp with the galloping gourmet, or climbed on a bike with two fat ladies.  Judging by the effect of Delia power on products, and the lack of similar power from other television cooks, I guess I am not alone.  While we watch others for entertainment, it is Delia we follow for education and that begs the question, “Why”?
I think myself it is because she is very ordinary.  Her kitchen is functional, but homely, the garden outside the French windows looks quite plain, her clothes are conventional and her instructions are down to earth.  For all I know she could be living in Thornton Close or Church Lane.

Ordinariness can be a good quality.  I am sure Jesus had that attribute while he was with us on earth.  For example nowhere in the Bible is there a description of how Jesus looked.  He may have been tall or short, fat or thin, we just do not know so guess that he must have been a fairly typical individual.  Jesus did perform some amazing miracles and taught as no one had taught before, yet time and again when confronted with Jesus’ signs and teaching the reaction of the people was one of surprise because they had formerly thought of him as being one of them.  As the crowd say in John chapter 6, “Is not this the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?” 

Jesus looked and lived like an ordinary person, and I thank God for it.  Because although Jesus is my Lord and God, the fact that he was prepared to lead an ordinary existence means that he can understand all the emotions of us ordinary people.  He knows what it means to be happy or sad, healthy or unwell, on a high or in the pits.  Jesus knows, for as an ordinary man he himself has been there and can empathise with us.  Therefore when I pray to him, in whatever state I am in, he knows how I feel and through his love and understanding he reaches out to comfort and help.

 Phillip Staves - Minister Girton Baptist Church
 

Message from the Girton Glebe School
 

Message from the School

Thank you very much Girton History Group for the complimentary copy of your wonderful publication Keeping in Touch' which I have so much enjoyed reading over the Christmas holidays. It is a fascinating record of the village over 50 years ago and has so much in it about the school. It has inspired us to get out some of our early photos of the school 50 years ago; we found a very youthful Mrs Wilson and Mr Foot! We are wondering what the school did to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's ascension to the throne and the Coronation.Perhaps some of you can remember, please get in touch.

We are already planning a special Golden Jubilee Concert for 13th June so please put the date in your new diaries and come and join us. 

This term we are looking forward to launching a 'friendship' scheme, training School Council members to be 'eyes and ears' on the playgropund and to a second visit by the Life Education high tech classroom, 25th Feb - 1st March.We will be planning in some sessions for pre-school children so watch out for details.

This month we will be sending out Admission Forms to 4 year olds due to start school in September 2002. If you have not received one by the end of this month please telephone the school office. The deadline for applications is 31st March.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the silver collections at our performances of 'Joseph' and at the Carol Concert, we have been delighted to donate £349.13 to UNICEF..

Wishing you all a very happy new year, 

Susan Baker, Headteacher

Last updated: 3rd January 2002