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                           with TURNERSPUDDLE

                              Our                                Our Mission:
                              Vision:           To encourage awareness of the
                              To make         presence of God through worship
                              Christ’s                      music and the arts;
                              love               To encourage everyone in the
                              known in          Christian faith through example,

                              the world           learning and spiritual growth;
                              today and        To make our churches open and
                              to live out      welcoming to all, and supportive
                              his                             of those in need;
                                            To challenge injustice at home and
                                              abroad and to balance our care
                                                           for the environment.


 The Dates for your Diary   What happened I wonder to the clay pot you made at school?  I would imagine

 section will return in due course,   that most of us had a go at making something, some with a lot more success than
       others.  My efforts, and those of my brother and sister, were kept and displayed
       for  years  by  my  parents  and  they  probably  still  have  them  somewhere.    They
 once all our clubs, societies and   certainly  weren’t  what  you  would  call  works  of  art  though,  but  very  good  dust
       collectors!    A  simple  clay  pot  isn’t  meant  to  be  a  work  of  art,  it  is  ordinary,
 events are back on track.    everyday,  functional  and  useful  –  on  the  whole  unremarkable.    And  there  are
       hundreds  of  thousands  just  like  it.    In  the  ancient  world  clay  pots  were  the
       containers of choice.  They could be very large, typically used to ship wine, oil or
 Hopefully, it will not be too long   grain, or the smaller pots were used for cooking, eating and many other everyday
       uses.  Plain pots were also used to hide precious things, to confuse thieves.  Silver
       jewellery for instance has been found by archaeologists tucked away hundreds
 before we return to some kind of   of years later in a plain clay pot.
       Why all this talk of clay pots?  In a letter from St Paul to the Corinthians in the New
 normality.   Testament, St Paul uses this image of a clay pot to convey the message of hidden
       treasure.    He  is  saying  that  our  treasure  is  knowing  the  love  of  God.    And  this
       treasure could be shown in many ways;

       We’ve seen it so much during the last 16 months, where communities have rallied
       round and helped those in need, and our communities have been no different.

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