The lunch for the Alun Vale pastorate in Flintshire proved to be a lively affair. The conversation covered the debate about whether the UK should leave the European Union. An exchange of views in which all shared the concern that we never get the full story from either side. Amusement and concern in equal measure at the support for Donald Trump in the US election, and some less than flattering comparison with UK politicians. It was the kind of conversation that is probably happening across the UK as we all struggle to make sense of the items at the top of the news schedules.
It is healthy for members of our churches to engage in political, economic and social issues. There may not be one Christian view for us all to line up behind but the willingness to engage is as important as any potential outcome. If we are involved in conversation about the issues of the day then we avoid the danger of becoming obsessed with the trivia of church doctrine and practice. Faith is more about trust and experience than knowledge and proper conduct. We are collectively committed to living in the world in a way that reflects our understanding of God. That will from time to time demand of us that we loosen the straight jacket that rules and regulations
seek to impose.
The Parkfields Community Centre in Mold utilises the building of the former Presbyterian Church now united with the URC in the town centre. In an area marked by social and economic deprivation the centre offers a meeting place
and a helping hand, the visible expression of care. The congregations that make up the Alun Vale pastorate are looking for a minister to help them further engage with their communities. These folk are a lively and a welcoming presence. It is that word ‘presence’ that matters to congregations and communities alike.