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The Friends of Barkway Church May 23, 2019

Posted by nicholastufton in Friends of Barkway Church.
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The Friends of Barkway Church is a registered charity whose role is to raise money to pay for repairs to the building comprising Barkway Church and the churchyard. Recently, The Friends funded the rewiring and replacement of the lighting in the Church which has made a huge difference to the ambiance of the building.

Most Barkway residents regard the Church as central to the life of the village and the charity has many supporters, both regular church goers as well as occasional visitors.

The Charity raises funds through holding a bottle stall at the Village Market and through other events such as the popular Moonlight Market held in the Church just before Christmas.

In July 2019, The Friends launched an appeal to raise funds for repairs to be carried out to the church estimated to cost £125,000.  Many people have been very generous and as at 9th August, the fund has raised just over £30,000 with a further £15,500 pledged in addition.  The Friends and the PCC have each pledged up to £25,000 so we have available to include pledges over £95,000.

The work is to be carried out in three phases and it is hoped to start work on the first phase to replace fallen flints to the Tower as well as carry out other repairs to woodwork and move the flagpole this September.

For more details and to become a member of The Friends, please contact:

The Chairman nicholas@ntufton.co.uk

The Secretary  Mirjam Foot  mirjam.foot@btinternet.com

Article in the June Diary by Ruth Pyke May 23, 2019

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.
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What do a hairdryer, a windmill, a battery, a candle, a dove, a petrol can, a teddy bear and a glass of water have in common? A question recently for our young people who are preparing for Confirmation later this year! Maybe you are also puzzling what the answer might be?

Fifty days after Easter, the disciples were together in one place when they were re-energised in a way which changed their lives and the lives of many others. The account in the Bible* speaks of something like wind and tongues of fire resting on them and filling the house where they were gathered. From that moment on they were empowered to communicate the story of faith across cultures, and from that the Church grew. This is the story of Pentecost.

The coming of the Holy Spirit has been described like a gentle breeze or a mighty wind, like a gentle dove or a roaring fire, like a trickling stream or a surging tide. It gives strength and power as well as gentle encouragement.

Across our world today many feel disempowered and without a voice. To them the gift of confidence and purpose, strength and encouragements is priceless. The gift of love for each of them, as the people they are, whatever they have done, can be the beginning of the journey to a new self-confidence. There are many charities who help rehabilitate individuals, enabling them to discover a new sense of purpose, a new confidence in themselves. There are many churches who minister to those in desperate need.

Whatever our own religious persuasion, this is important and self-giving work. Christians see the encouraging, strengthening Holy Spirit breathing life into all of this, bringing these gifts to more people. Some of you may be involved in such work.

So what do a windmill, a hairdryer etc have in common? Well, all of them can be used to tell the story of Pentecost, of wind and flame and power to rebuild lives and communities.

Come Holy Spirit and kindle in us the fire of your love.*

* Acts 2 v14

Ruth