The Parish of St Peter & St Mary New Fishbourne
The Revd Canon Moira Wickens
|Oh Nana, how cool is that!!|
|Many of you will know that my grandson, who is now five years old, never ceases to amaze me by how he sees the world around him.
During the Easter holidays I had shown him a picture of a red telephone box, and told him how, when I and his granddad were young, we would have to leave our house, walk up the road and into one of these to make or receive a phone call. Calls were always pre-arranged so that we would both be at our respective places at the correct time.
Thinking that Ashley would not be too impressed, (given that he is well up to speed with modern technology), I was surprised when he said, ‘Oh Nana, how cool is that.’ Now, being aware that he has an amazing imagination, I suspect that he thought that if you entered one of these phone boxes, you could come out as a super hero.
However, he did make me think, the assumption is often made that young people are not interested in the past, but that is far from the truth. The young are in fact fascinated by the stories that older people share with them. They are delighted to hear about what life was like, and I am sure there are many grandparents who have regaled their grandchildren with delightful tales of their youth.
One of the great privileges of my work is in being allowed to conduct funeral services for people. The stories I hear about the departed person are incredible, and I am reminded time and time again just how unique each person is.
All of us have a story to tell, and perhaps the most important one is about our faith, how much of a difference Jesus makes in our lives, and yet we forget to do so.
The church is often tempted to ‘put on’ a show, to be entertaining, but in doing so it can lose the beauty and wonder of its history. We should never underestimate the young, they can teach us such a lot.
So in these weeks after Easter, I encourage you to share your story of faith, your experience of different church services, and about how you lived before the technical age we now inhabit. For these things are part of your story, and others would love to hear them.
With prayers and good wishes from