Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: Delectation and delight

Christians enjoying themselves? Whatever next!

Several events have been planned for the coming weekend, which clearly demonstrate that local church folks, while appreciating the serious side of their commitment to Christ, also understand the meaning of Paul’s words to his ‘son in the faith’: ‘Put (your) hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment’ (1 Timothy 6, 17).

Saturday 16th July ...

1. A Bible Readathon is to take place in Eastbourne town centre in aid of BurmaLink (Blink).

Peter Deaves is helping to co-ordinate for the members of All Souls Church. “How many books of the Bible will we read?”, he asks. “The New Testament, as far as we get in twelve hours!

Twenty-four people reading from 8am to 8pm.”

2. ‘A cream tea in a lovely garden’. 2.30pm, 26 Old Camp Road, Eastbourne. Donations will be gratefully accepted in aid of People Matter (Help for the Unemployed) and PARCHE (Pastoral Action in Residential Care Homes for the Elderly).

3. The Old Town Fete, organised by churches in the area. 2pm onwards, Longland Road, Recreation Ground. ‘Entrance free – fun for all ages’ says the publicity. Face-painting, side-shows, displays, crafts, refreshments, entertainment, novelty dog show, bouncy castle, fair trade stall and, new for 2011, pony rides!’ (Praying for a bright, sunny day.)

Sunday 17th July ...

Praise in the Park (ie Hampden Park) with the Life Gospel Choir, sponsored by Churches Together for Eastbourne. Starting at 3pm, with children’s activities also provided.

Just one weekend, but plenty going on for our delectation and delight throughout the year!