To mark the beginning of Christian Aid Week, the churches across Gower gathered at the community hall in Reynoldston for a special service organised by Rev Glyn Austin and Rev Carol Davies and their team at which Bishop John was the guest preacher.
This service was a coming together for churches to pray and reflect on the work of Christian Aid in the world, the shared responsibility that the church has with other partners on the ground in the most difficult places on earth and to try to take in the staggering fact that at this present time there are 65 million displaced people on our fragile planet or to put it another way it is as if the population of the UK had up and moved.
The purpose was to raise awareness and to galvanise us into collective action to raise funds but to make us even more want to support the work of this critical mission agency.
Various events have and will be taking place around Gower and the week was begun by both Glyn Austin and Tim Ardouin, clergy in the Ministry Area, walking from Brecon to Llanrhidian in three days, praying and reflecting on the pilgrim journey that we all make with the people of our planet.
The service also saw the commissioning of our Gower Youth Worker Jordan Hill who with the help of young people from across Gower was commissioned prayerfully by Bishop John during the service marking the beginning of this young man’s ministry amongst us.
In a way this service was not about neatly tying up loose ends such as ‘ that’s it we have marked Christian Aid and given some money’ or ‘ok we have a youth worker now its up to him’ it was about remembering that we have a shared responsibility to our fellow human beings, local and distant. To work and pray for the future of Young People’s Ministry here on Gower and to work and pray for those in other places whose lives will never be as comfortable as many of ours but who need our help so desperately.
Rev Canon Peter Brooks, Ministry Area Leader