Our Minister is the Reverend Peter Hibberts and he joined us in the September of 2016. He was a school teacher before joining the ministry and still loves to work with families and schools as well as folk of all ages!
He is married to Katie and has four children: Ellie (11), Olivia (8), Joseph (4) and Daisy (1)
You can contact him directly by email or by telephone (01636 812166)
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Minister's Monthly Message
We are at a poignant moment to remember, at present. November always brings this but with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, of the RAF and of the Suffragette movement, we have much to commemorate. It leads me to reflect on what we do when we remember.
What would you say the opposite of remember is? Perhaps you’d say that it is to forget, and in one sense it is. However, the exact opposite of remember could be to dis-member - to pull apart. Over time memories come apart, details are forgotten, the past become a jigsaw and sometimes the values that we have and the love we felt become more distant. In one sense this is something of a dismembering.
The most powerful act of remembering in the church is probably the service of Holy Communion (sometimes called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist). Here the church re-enacts some parts of the last supper (Jesus’ final mean with the disciples the night before he was crucified) and remembers arguably the most amazing act of self-sacrifice and love ever - that of Christ’s giving of himself on the cross. In this narrative the body of Christ is broken in the form of bread, as Christ’s body was broken on the cross. This is where the real remembering is seen.
Remember comes from the latin re-memorari, meaning to bring back to mind. But to re-member means to put back together (the literal opposite of dismember). In the service of Hoy Communion we use the words, “We are one body because we all share in one bread.” The beautiful thing is that by taking part in this we are united with the church everywhere in the world and every time in history. In the act of Holy Communion we are united. Sometimes the church is called the body of Christ (Jesus’ hands and feet on Earth) and so in Holy Communion, the body of Christ (that is the church) is united and that broken body is put back together - it’s re-membered.
Remembering is a powerful thing, in doing so we don’t just call to mind but we put back together our loved ones in who they were, what they stood for and what they have left as their legacy.
I pray that this season of remembering brings back happy memories, amongst the inevitable and understandable tears, and that the lessons we take from remembering lead us to a more united and peaceful future.
Rev. P. Hibberts
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