With thanks to the Revd Canon Martin Baldock for this month’s letter

                                                          ONE LIFE – LIVE IT!

oneLIFE Mission. What else could I possibly write about this month other than the oneLIFE mission. Most of the Northern Bishops, under the leadership of Archbishop Sentamu, are landing in our diocese for a series of events between September 12th and 15th. The events will enable the bishops and their team to meet people, engage with their questions about life and to talk about the hope that is found in Jesus.

You have to admire Sentamu for encouraging this initiative which is the latest in a long line of similar missions across the North of England. These missions stir up local churches and, incidentally, provide relief for all those clergy left behind in other dioceses who can relax, knowing that their bosses are otherwise occupied for a few days. I was one of those who prefer to keep their head down and get on with parish life without too much outside interference. So let me state now, tongue in cheek, how sad I was to have retired before the oneLIFE mission in York took place!

The overall aim, according to Paul, our diocesan bishop, is that oneLIFE will lead to many people taking a fresh new step in faith.

What’s new here.
Several initiatives are starting up this autumn which have been in the planning stage for some time. They have the same aim as oneLIFE, to enable us to move forward in our faith.                                        
Youth Group is starting up on the last Friday of each month, 7.30-9pm, in church, under the leadership of Alice Marshall. This is for young people from Year 7 upwards (12-16 ish).                            
Drop In Cafe will take place every Wednesday morning in church starting this month.                      
Welcome Packs will soon be available to give out to newcomers who come along to any of our three churches.                                    
GYM (God, you and me), a forum for men who want to discuss questions of faith and life will have our first get together at Paul Handley’s home, 4, Carter’s Yard, at 7 pm on Wednesday October 2nd. Come along if you are interested, so we can sketch out some ideas for the year ahead. And relax, the only suggestion of physical activity is in our name!

God’s Life in us.
Richard Rohr, a progressive Catholic theologian, reckons that there are only two types of people; those in whom Christ is in the tomb and those in whom Christ is being resurrected. I find this a very hopeful perspective because it means that no-one is out of God’s reach.                  

Bishop Paul has produced a short video about one LIFE which ends with him saying- ‘Think about what you will do, what we will do, with the precious one life God has given to us’.  Ryan’s answer to that question has been in the forefront of my mind for the last two years. Ryan was at the local junior school in York when I went in to do my last assembly before retiring.    He gave me a present, hastily gathered together a few minutes before the assembly. when he found out I was leaving.  It was an envelope containing a pipe cleaner, 27 little coloured wooden sticks and a hand-written message-                        

YOU NEED TO MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF IT

Martin Baldock 0