News from the Mag August 2021
Reverend Matthew Price
Vicar, St Mary Magdalene Church, Gorleston
By the time you read this, we will have reached so-called “Freedom Day”. As I write, the government has just confirmed that we will move to step 4 of the unlocking roadmap on 19th July and the end of all legal restrictions. But just because we can do things, does not mean it will always be the wisest course of action! Indeed, the government has stressed that they want us to exercise personal responsibility about when we might wear masks or exercise social distancing – for the protection of other people
At the heart of the Christian faith is Jesus’ command to love our neighbours as ourselves. When a lawyer (who else?!? – and I say that as a former lawyer!) tried to narrow down the scope of that particular instruction, by limiting the definition of neighbour, Jesus made it clear that in his view it was anyone who we might come across who was in need. It was surprising then to Jesus’ first listeners and it might be surprising to us too. But I wonder whether we might all do well to have that command to love our neighbours in our minds as we seek to navigate responsibly the end of restrictions
One of the ways we are seeking to love our neighbours at St Mary Magdalene, is by providing a space for community. As the restrictions have eased this has become increasingly simpler. So now, on a Friday morning between 10am and 12 noon, we welcome into our church hall members of the community for a cuppa, a chat, and – if they fancy it – a spot of craft. People come for all sorts of different reasons, but if you would appreciate a space to connect with others and enjoy company why don’t you pop along?
At the heart of all we do at St Mary Magdalene is to be a place of welcome for all sorts of different people. No one of us is alike and we hope, if you came along on a Friday morning, you might find a place in our community. As the great philosopher, Forrest Gump, said, “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get!”
If you’d like to find out more about the ways in which we are seeking to build community, drop me a line at email@example.com or call the Vicarage on 01493 494248
also published in the Gorleston Community Magazine
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