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Thoughts of a Team Vicar 

MOTHER ASHLEY1st November 2022
I moved to Great Yarmouth 8 weeks ago on a warm and sunny day. I was licensed 6 weeks ago on a warm evening in September. Be prepared for the cold everyone told me, that cold winter wind is biting and a force to be reckoned with. Well so far as we enter the autumn months the weather has remained sunny with a warm breeze. The nights are getting darker earlier, and I find myself turning on the lights so that I can see, but so far, the heating has remained off. On these dark nights I am reminded how blessed I am to have a roof over my head, the choice to use my electricity or not, when there are many out there who do not have that choice, but who will remain in darkness and go without heating so that they can eat
In the Bible we are reminded that light overcomes darkness, even for people with little or no faith light can be a symbol of hope, goodness, wisdom and knowledge. For those that are sitting in darkness through no fault of their own, the church can be and should be a beacon of light, a source of comfort and a place of safety and warmth for all those in need. John1:5 "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it". A reminder that no matter how bad life seems now, or how bad it may become in the future, you always have hope. Hope that someone somewhere will sustain us and that someone for us is Christ and our church families. Our message for our community, should be a message of love and welcome in this time of darkness
November brings with it bonfire night, when we remember Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up Parliament, I’ll leave that thought for you all to ponder on. I am not advocating that any of you reading this aspire to be the next Guy Fawkes, but I would like you to consider the type of fireworks you use in your own displays. I love firework night and all the colours illuminating the night skies and I remember the community firework displays of long ago. In recent years firework displays have dwindled and more people have fireworks in their own back gardens. There is nothing wrong with this and it brings joy to many. The issue that I have is the fireworks that make loud bangs, one after the other
Some years ago, a gentleman in his 90s brought me to task when I was talking excitedly about firework night. There's nothing wrong with fireworks he said, but no one spares a thought for us veterans when they are letting off those bangers, every time I hear a bang, I jump out of my skin, and I am transported back to the horrors of the trenches. I like many others have never given a thought to how my enjoyment of fireworks can and does affect both our veterans and our pets. So, this firework night please spare a thought for all those with pets and our veterans and think carefully about the fireworks you use at home. Until next time enjoy firework night and continue to be the light of Christ in the world
Mother Ashley
Rev Ashley Hines
Great Yarmouth Parish

this article courtesy of Parish Life