We all need the basics; for the Samaritan woman it was water – but Jesus knew her real needs, beyond the drink of water. No doubt we have complicated histories, which have affected our lives and none of us have had smooth journeys to reach the point where we are now – but the comfort we take from Jesus conversation with the Samaritan woman is that Jesus knows our true needs, and can deliver these to us.
Rachel Noel, affectionately known by the local press as the Pink Vicar. Rachel had a particularly formational journey through curacy, during which she was diagnosed with Bipolar, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder, with strong autistic traits and is currently awaiting ASC assessment. She lives and works openly with these conditions, and has been licensed as Priest in Charge of St Mark’s Church, Pennington. Her gifts and symptoms include high energy, enthusiasm, creativity and love of colour (especially pink!), she loves exploring her faith and spirituality through creativity, stitch, paint and contemplation, and is a member of the Community of Hopeweavers.
To sell, newspapers need to be sensationalist; good news it seems doesn’t sell copies as well as bad news does. Does it seem as if the news you read is too severe, too dramatic, too big for you to manage?
Prayers given on our Family Communion service on Sea Sunday.
Prayers given on our Morning Praise service on the Second Sunday after Trinity, with a focus on the work undertaken by the Childrens Society.
What are your first memories of your childhood? Did you feel safe; have fun; feel loved? For many children today, they can’t answer yes to all three – let alone just one. With 4.1 million children living in poverty, the risk of sexual abuse and mental difficulties highlight the importance of charities – such as the Children’s Society.