Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Water Water not everywhere

Jesus prepared his disciples for when he had return to heaven by teaching, example and practical tasks. He sent disciples into towns without himself to tell the people about Jesus and his message. The early church remembered the lessons and soon sent people to all parts of the then known world.  The church throughout its history has always sent people.  So when I heard that Jonathan and Jane were moving to outer Gainsborough, I had a sense they were being sent. I and the church wish them well in their new avenues of ministry. 

One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, Macmillan Cancer Support can have a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way, they provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. Many in the congregation and wider community have benefited from the resources Macmillan provide, so it is a privilege to support them in some small way by participating in their “Big Coffee Day” event on Friday 27th September.  Maggie Parrott and friends will be starting the day with coffee, 10am until noon in the Village Hall and then coffee will be served in church from 2:30.

Church will be open all day to give space to reflect, remember, pause for a thought.  Time for you to just come in and sit or look around this wonderful church in Wadworth. If you want guidance to reflect or remember then there special services at 9:30am, 2pm and 7:30pm especially for those affected by Cancer whether directly or in-directly. If you would like prayers for someone in particular or have their name read out please contact the Vicar by phone, letter or email, see the back sheet of the magazine for details.
During September we start our season of Creationtide as we look at Water in the Bible and also focus on our Harvest charity, Water Aid.  Each Sunday in September we look at different aspects of Water from a spiritual and practical nature. See elsewhere in the magazine for more details.
768 million people in the world don't have access to safe water. This is roughly one in ten of the world's population. 2.5 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation, almost two-fifths of the world's population. Around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. That's almost 2,000 children a day.

Water Aid has help people gain access to safe water and sanitation.  They have built strong relationships with governments and communities to help provide clean water and safe sanitation to those most in need.  Water Aid works by supporting communities to introduce and operate new water and sanitation facilities.  Implementing low-cost technologies which are appropriate to the setting is essential.  They have also worked with national Governments to establish a sanitation strategy. Water Aid’s reputation for knowledge and expertise helps them to influence and advocate across development issues.  They encourage organisations to work together to achieve greater results.  Access to safe water and the impact on growing food for rural communities
 Without access to water it is difficult to grow crops and rear animals. Conditions relating to water and sanitation are typically worse in rural communities which are often remote. People often journey five times a day to collect dirty water.
Some Sobering thoughts