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St Swithun's Church, Kennington
News Sheets

Listed below are the monthly letters as printed in the Kennington Chronicle.
Usually from our clergy, but with occasional guests.

From the Clergy
….or news from St Swithun’s!


How do you feel about change? How do you cope with it? For some people change is difficult and can be disorientating; others welcome it as they can begin a new path in life. However, change is a constant part of our lives. We only need to look in the mirror to see that—or look at old photographs. Faces change, fashions change. Few things now are made to last; it’s easier to throw it away and buy new rather than mend. Life goes past so quickly it can be hard to hold on to something familiar and steady. Children grow so quickly from dependent babies to quite independent school children, university students, workers. Our relationships with other people change; some blossom but others can fall apart and enmity spring up. Society changes its values and principles quicker than we can blink.

Some changes can be devastating such as a life-changing illness or accident, divorce, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job or a home. These changes can be terrifying. Facing up to the changes these and other such events bring to our lives can lead us to wonder, what is the point in continuing. We feel tossed and turned about and desperately seek something solid to hold on to.

But we can be reassured that there is one thing in our lives that never changes, is always rock steady and available, and that is the love of God for each and everyone of us. God never changes. He has promised that for ever. In Isaiah (41:10) God says,

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

And St Paul writes in his letter to the Romans (8:38-39),

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angles nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The unchanging nature of God is a rock on which we can rely and build our lives, and is strong enough to hold us through all the changing scenes of life.

Things in life will continue to change. Some of these changes will barely affect us at all, and others might be like a giant wave rolling over us. But no matter what the changes are we need not be afraid because we have an eternal rock and anchor, God, whose character and promises will never let us down.

If you are currently experiencing some major changes in your life and would like to talk to someone, the three churches in the Benefice—Radley, Sunningwell and Kennington—now have 5 Pastoral Care teams who are happy to meet up with you and chat. Just contact the Parish Office on 01235 202860 to start the ball rolling. You do not have to be a regular church attender to access this help. With blessings and prayers,

Rev Glynis Beckett

Radley News sheet


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