Recently we went to Shanklin one Sunday afternoon where Tim Dakin [of Radio Solent fame] was leading a ‘Songs of Praise’ service in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Shanklin Methodist Church. It was a traditional event when well known hymns were sung, interspersed many interesting quips and quotes from Tim.
Tim said he is invited regularly to Anniversary events; they rightly recognise the sacrifices of significant amounts of time and money invested by earlier generations and we should all be thankful for their efforts and celebrate their foresight and faith in the future. He warned us not to be too precocious though about the past; to survive in 2014, churches cannot be bound by traditions and attitudes such as ‘we have done it this way for many years’ and ‘we tried this once before and it failed’ – we all owe it both to those who went before and to the future generations to be innovative in our ways of worship in order to engage with the young and the old in our local communities; often people find conventional church events unattractive.
Do we in Hedge End share these views? Can we do more for the young and old in Hedge End??