St George’s Car Park

You may have noticed that we now have a permit system in place in St George’s car park. This is because for many years the car park has been used by people with no connection to the church and this has caused immense problems both for the church and for those who hire the hall. Groups have suffered from reducing membership because when members come to the group they find they can’t park. Other groups have chosen to move to other halls, with an obvious financial implication. The final straw was when a hearse couldn’t get into the car park because of the number of cars in there, most of which did not belong to mourners.

In terms of the church car park, church and hall users must always be our priority and so those who attend groups will be given permits as required. This should ensure that they can now park more easily. In addition to this, we are offering the car park free of charge to those who are dropping off or collecting children from Badshot Lea School during specific hours in term time.

Our current parking arrangements, while not perfect, are necessary to meet the needs of those who use the church. In line with other organisations within Badshot Lea we need access to and control of our car park. Consideration has been given to suggestions that people pay for permits and remove their cars from the car park for large funerals, parties, services and events. However, this feels unworkable from an administration point of view as the hall is booked by several groups every day, each user having different requirements, also there are also many one-off bookings. The church is run by volunteers who work immensely hard and so we don’t want to burden them with extra work.


The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is probably the most misunderstood of the Trinity.  Jesus describes the Holy Spirit thus:

12 ‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

and the role is believed to be:

inspiring believers and allowing for them to interpret all the sacred scripture

However, there is also a belief in the Holy Spirit that he/she (not it)

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is God the Holy Spirit taking up permanent residence in our lives

the implication of which is that part of us becomes part of the Trinity!

Different denominations put greater or lesser emphases on the power of the Spirit, with Pentecostalism believing that the Spirit gives the power of healing.

The Holy Spirit is represented in many ways, but often as wind/breath, flame or a dove.

More controversially, some are starting to see Wisdom (Sophia) as appearing in the Wisdom literature, as being the Holy Spirit.