What a month ahead!

What a month ahead!

JUNE has to be a red-letter month for me! As well as our church summer fete on Sunday June 24th, the football World Cup kicks off in Russia from June 14th to July 15th.

I know not everyone’s a football fan but I can’t help get enthusiastic about a tournament that brings passion and excitement to people the world over.





My souvenir from the 1966 World Cup finals

Talking of excitement and passion, a few weeks ago, church ministers from across the area met at St Leonard’s to talk about worship.

We discussed what makes good worship, and why it is that sometimes we can be deeply moved by a service. And at other times it seems like the music, the words, even the act of taking communion, seems not to affect us at all.

It’s because we are different, of course. I love the atmosphere of an enthusiastic football crowd, cheering on their team…the exhilaration when a goal is scored…the deep sighs of disappointment when a shot goes wide. Someone else might not get quite as excited.

I love enthusiastic worship, with hundreds of people singing together, praying together and feeling the presence of God. But I also appreciate sitting alone in church or a chapel, experiencing God in that space.

Where, I wonder, do you most feel the presence of God? And how can you prepare for that encounter, perhaps with prayer and reflection before a service?

Rev Peter Crumpler

This article first appeared in the June 2018 edition of the St Leonard's parish magazine.