Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

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Byline: By Francis Wood

Passion SUNDAY

At school my chemistry master was a man of few words. He didn't need to talk as he got out the litmus paper, test tubes and beakers. He could change litmus from blue to red, turn lime water milky and when he put a cobalt salt into the flame of the Bunsen burner we gasped in wonder at the beautiful blue flame. His actions spoke far more loudly than words.

In the Church we come to the most important time of the year, Passiontide. Our thoughts are taken over by Jesus' actions, rather than his words. In fact he said very little as he was tried, sentenced to death and nailed to the Cross. This is a solemn season, marked in ceremony, colour and music. We miss a great deal by avoiding the unpleasant side and anticipating Easter. This is no time for opening the Easter eggs. They taste better after a bit of abstinence. Now is the time to watch and give thanks.

COUNTRY WAYS

Many thanks to all who send me their Church magazines each month, especially from the rural areas. Only in the Cheviot Herald would you get a vicar's letter starting, "As I write, the snow is falling and Easter with its promise of daffodils and warm sunshine seems a long way off. Lambing is well under way and I do hope the weather is kind." We who live in the city have little idea about the Church in rural areas. Yet a country churchwarden recently told me, "If there was no Church in our village nothing would ever happen." To find out what the rural Church is really up to a Day Conference is to be held next Saturday at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby HQ Kingston Park from 10am to 4pm. Chief Speaker will be Jill Hopkinson the Church's Rural Officer. Full details from Canon David Elkington at St Nicholas' Cathedral (232 1939)

A FEW FIGURES

When Easter falls as late as this year, people ask, "Is this as late as Easter can be? …

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