Rich Lomath, our new “Primary schools’, Families and Children’s Lead” (quite a mouthful!) introduces himself …
I am following in the 2,000 year old career path of changing from a tax collector to a church worker. Why have I made the change? I have always had a passion for sharing the bible with children and God has blessed me with the ability to communicate with children - possibly because I am still a child at heart!
Since my teenage years I have enjoyed being involved in a range of children’s ministries, including helping to lead Superstars, teaching in Sunday schools, leading midweek groups, and being a leader on residential camps. I also set up a pre-school class in the mission school in Nepal when we lived there.
At university I studied to become a primary school teacher, but in my last year felt that this was not the direction that God wanted me to go in, so I ended up working for HMRC (the tax people). My first role was a debt collector.
My time with HMRC came to an end when the decision was made to close my office. I had always wanted to move back into working with children, in some form or another, and when the job at church came up, I felt that this was God’s timing and calling for me.
I am excited about the opportunities that working for the church will bring and being able to share God’s word with the three primary schools in our parish. I am also looking forward to helping St James’ by the Park to continue to develop into an intergenerational church community and be a place where people of all ages can come together and meet with God.
“This was God’s timing and calling for me.”
Last Sunday, Dan talked about how he would respond to those who say "You don't need to be religious to be moral", highlighting some questions to dig a little deeper than the obvious answers.
You can listen to the talk here.
If you'd like to explore this topic further, here's some suggestions:
Krish Kandiah "Faitheism" - an innovative look at how Christians and atheists can find common ground and have constructive debate
Tim Keller "Making sense of God" - a thoughtful and well-argued case for why belief in God and Jesus still makes sense in our day and age
Mark Clark "The problem of God" - similar to Keller's book - more punchy and less academic
www.reasonablefaith.org/moral which includes this and other helpful videos
It's wonderful to have buildings to meet in - but they do need looking after! We're like to appoint a buildings maintenance manager to help us look after St James', the Parish Hall and 133 Church Street. We anticipate the role might take around 5 hours a week (but more than than to start with), with the person sometimes being available during the working day to meet with potential contractors etc.
Here's an idea of what would be involved:
If you're interested in the role, please contact Theresa or one of the church wardens.
Dan kicked off our "I could never be a Christian because ..." series yesterday by looking at how to respond to those who say " ... there are no gods."
You can listen to the sermon here.
There are loads of books that deal with this topic, but here are some of the ones Dan delved into in his preparation, if you want to think about this topic further:
Big Church Day Out is an annual event held in the grounds of Wiston House in West Sussex, and this year it is on the 25th-26th May. Having been each year for several years, it is something to which my family an I look forward.
There is plenty of good music in several different locations. Even if an artist on the main stage is not to you taste you will no doubt find something you like in one of he other venues. Depending on how energetic you feel you can choose either to sit in a camping chair towards the back or if you prefer stand close to the stage and jump up and down with everyone else.
One way or another you will get caught up in the worship almost without realising it.
We go for the weekend camping from Friday evening until Monday morning, but it is also possible buy a day ticket for either the Saturday or the Sunday.
If you've been before you will know what to expect, but if not I suggest watching this video showing highlights from last year. and of course take a look at the website.
The cheapest way to buy tickets is by having a group, and as long as there are at least 10 people in the group the tickets will be cheaper than they would otherwise have been.
To book tickets in the St James by the park group use this link: http://bcdo.group/2019/stjamesbythepark.