Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

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Byline: By Francis Wood

Brief encounter

i agreed with the Prince of Wales this week when he said that today we have far too many instant things. He called for a return to the former days when we took things at our leisure. We have instant coffee and instant cricket (the Twenty20 Cup). We can do all our shopping at one store and the Reduced Shakespeare Company will perform the bard's complete works in one evening. It makes me wonder what people do with all the time they save these days. Launched this week we now have the One Hundred Minute Bible. Can you imagine that? The complete works of God at one sitting? It's hard enough thinking of an instant Harry Potter or Swallows and Amazons (abridged). Why do we have to have everything cut down and pre-digested, so we don't need to do any work on it? I would have dismissed the whole idea had it not been that the consultant to the exercise was the Bishop of Jarrow, Rt Rev John Pritchard. He assured me that the compilers have homed in on Jesus and it's just a kind of introduction for people who have never heard of him. So I'm prepared to give it a go. The trouble is I don't think I can spare an hour and 40 minutes to read it. They should make a DVD of it, except that the title, Bible might put people off. They could call it The Big Sky.

PLEASE CALL AGAIN

MOST of the stuff which comes through my letter box each day is junk and goes straight into the black box for recycling. Secretly I take delight in not reading any of it. We once had a sign on the front door NO HAWKERS OR CIRCULARS but it would be a waste of time today. The days are gone when we used to see the vicar, the doctor and the policeman touring the streets on their visiting rounds. However, I'd be delighted to receive a calling card from Fr Michael O'Sullivan, parish priest at St Peter's RC Church, Washington DC. If you are not at home when he calls he leaves a card printed with this invitation to St Peter's:

We're open on Sundays. …

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