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    I have been watching the “Friendly Games”. There has been lots of coverage of the 21st Commonwealth Games, held on the Gold Coast in Australia. If you love sport then there has been a feast of wonderful and varied activities to see.
     Age apparently is no barrier “Down Under”. The youngest competitor is a young Welsh table tennis player and she is aged 11 years and the oldest is a Canadian man competing in the full bore rifle shooting who is aged 79 years.  So it seems if you have talent and age is no barrier, then anything is possible, with perhaps a little discipline and determination.
     This too has been a Games committed to being accessible and inclusive for all competitors. These Gold Coast games has been widely applauded for its integrated para-sport program being fully part of the whole Commonwealth Games programme. No tokenism here then, but full on exciting competition and a great visual and inspirational spectacle to savour and enjoy.
    Sports stars are part of that super breed of individuals who can attain great fame and adulation. Think of Usain Bolt, he runs fast, very fast, is charasmatic, photogenic and a gift to the promoter and agents alike.  He is big business! 
     For the vast majority of us however, life is rarely concerned with medals – gold, silver or bronze. The old adage probably rings true for most of us - its the just taking part that matters, whether we're talking sports or simply thinking about getting on with everday living.
     How we value someone should not depend upon their gaining great success, or having a fan club -  if that is not a too old fashioned a concept, or indeed having hundreds and thousands of twitter followers! But in truth those are the measures that are all too often employed and to which many aspire, and what is wrong anyway with aiming high?
     I was deeply touched recently by a film that celebrated the wonderful gift of children who have Downs Syndrome. A film went viral on the internet as fifty 4 year olds and their mums sang a beautiful song using the makaton signing langauge. In their cars they sang and signed Christina Perri's song “A Thousand Years”. If you have the chance do watch it. It is joyful and I think filled with the love, hopes and expectations any mother and parent has for their child. At the end the tag line comes up - #WOULDNTCHANGEATHING. Ability, disability -  words that try to define who we are, all too often fail. We are much more and uniquely of value to those whom we love and who in turn love us. Watch the film!
     Jesus came and lived among us. He saw the potential and worth in all of us.
     Jesus called a little child to stand among them. “Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me.
 

Yours in Christ

                        Ian

ST MARK'S NEWS

May 2018

Dear Friends

   This month we say Happy Birthday to Janet Midgely on the 1st and Dorothy Spencer on the 18th, Happy Birthday to you both.  Also on the 18th May, Philip and Judith celebrate their 22nd Wedding Anniversary, congratulations from all your friends at St Mark’s.
   Don’t forget our Coffee Morning at St Mark’s on Saturday 5th May with a Cake Stall, Raffle and Bric-a-Brac, any donations will be most welcome.
   May I wish you all a happy and peaceful Summer.

Love and Best Wishes
Marian

 

As I’m sure most people are aware Philip and Kath have finished their time as Chapelwardens here at St Mark’s, and as no one else has come forward to take up the posts things here are set to change. We don’t have a crystal ball and so we put the future into the hands of a much higher authority and hope that everyone will keep St Mark’s congregation in their prayers.

You will hear more about all this in future magazines.                Judith

 


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