Celebration of Ministry and APCM

A date for your diary : Sunday 30th April at 6:30PM at St George’s Church Room. Come and join the celebration of all that is good and find out about aspects of life in our Parish with which you may not be too familiar. There will be cheese and wine to sustain you while you chat, look at photos and have fun. We have achieved so much in the last year and hope to do even more in the future. This will be followed at 7:30PM by the Annual Meetings.

We will be printing very few Annual Meeting booklets this year so please find it electronically here. Also, please find these documents by clicking on them:

2017 Agenda for Annual Parochial Church Meeting
2017 Agenda for Annual Meeting of Parishioners

2016 Minutes of the Annual Parochial Church Meeting
2016 Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Parishioners

Gemma Brown

PCC Secretary

The Power of Touch

Last night at our Lenten meditation Hannah gave us a handful of coins as we thought about Judas’s betrayal of Jesus, and I found myself more moved by this than I expected.  It set me thinking about the place of touch/physical actions in prayer and worship.

Within some kinds of church/worship people will kneel, genuflect, cross themselves, and bow at particular points of the service; within others they will raise their hands while singing.  Neuro Linguistic Programming, whilst scientifically discredited, has a technique which might explain this.  Anchoring allows emotion states to be tied to physical actions.  The idea is that if you feel an emotional state and carry out a physical action a few times, then in future carrying out the physical action can create the emotional state.  This seems plausible, as it is very reminiscent of Pavlov’s Dog (a well loved joke runs: “knock, knock”, “who’s there”, “Pavlov”).

There are also a number of learning styles, which suggest that people have different ways of learning; one of these suggests that some people learn or take in information kinaesthetically.

Church is very often based upon hearing or seeing, less so on touching (although for some who live alone the Peace is the only time in the week that they might touch another human being), perhaps it is time to bring more touching or movement into worship.

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