Daily Update #229

2 Kgs 5:1-15                           Ps 42:1-2,43:1-4                     Luke 4:24-30

Naaman healed of leprosy

Today’s reading is rather long, but it is an interesting footnote in the history of God’s people. It’s also worth reading on further if you have time, as the story doesn’t end at verse 15. It is a warning for those who don’t believe that God is watching!
 I am struck by the witness of the young servant girl. Despite being taken captive in a raid and forced to be a slave, she demonstrated her faith in God who would work through his prophet Elisha. The result was not only the healing of this Gentile, but Naaman’s acknowledgement of the true God.

These events were mentioned by Jesus in the gospel reading today too. Jesus pointed out, in the synagogue in his home town, that the healing of a leper was not heard of in Israel, other than of the Gentile Naaman. This provoked such a reaction, that they drove him out of town. Those who were well acquainted with the law knew the intricate process of sacrifice required following the healing of a leper. God had set out precise and elaborate instructions which were to be followed (see Leviticus chapters 13 & 14). Yet given these laws, no one in the Old Testament was recorded as cured of leprosy other than Naaman, who was not a Jew. So why did God put these laws in place? Time was running out in the old testament system with the destruction of the temple, so the associated sacrificial process would be no longer possible. Yet Jesus was about to change the score. On one occasion he healed ten lepers in one go! (Lk 17:11-19). However, notice in the first account from Luke of the healing of a leper, Jesus tells the healed man, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” Such miracles should have caused the Pharisees to take note of something special going on. Might there be someone greater than Elisha here?

What does this say to us today? Are we prepared to be like the young slave girl witnessing to the truth of God’s power? Standing up for God’s truth can lead to healings and changed lives.

Prayer
Dear Lord,
You are truly a mighty God; whose power is infinite choosing to love us beyond our wildest thoughts. Come in your power to heal. Help us to determine our purpose and our tasks to serve you this week. That those around us might acknowledge you as Lord and Saviour, to the glory of your name.
Amen
Tomorrow’s Readings: Psalm 25:3-10

Daily Update #228

Reading: Gen 37:3-4,12-13,17-28

Good morning everyone,

I am sure this story is very familiar, not just well known, but also known for its authentic portrayal of people.  A lot of the story feels not just familiar, but also unjust. But the story doesn’t focus on that, it unfolds gradually, each incident gradually showing us more human weakness or more of God’s guiding hand.

As we may know how the story continues, Joseph is often out of the frying pan and into the fire. Joseph became a useful servant, only to be falsely accused and imprisoned. Under threat of death, his gift of interpreting dreams eventually secures his release. Through his role under Pharaoh, saves his brothers from the famine that threatened their livelihoods as well as Egypt’s. It is a carefully woven story, finishing the book of Genesis. Joseph seems to suffer, suffer and suffer again. Lies, envy, hatred, abuse, imprisonment and estrangement are only replaced with reunion, healing and safety at the conclusion. Here Joseph declares to his brothers,  ‘as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.’

We looked at Joseph’s story during Lent a couple 2019. I wonder how the reflections we had then stack up now.

  • However highly favoured or blessed, it is more often the case than not that God’s people suffer before they enter his peace.
  • God allowed the situations, even though they were very difficult and dangerous. Suffering brought out things that Joseph would never otherwise have been able to do and other people were blessed by Joseph as a result.
  • There is a Godly outcome, but Joseph only realised it once it had come to pass. He never saw where God was leading him, though we know God was with him, (Gen 39:23). We rarely know the outcome from the beginning, we are to trust God in spite of what may happen.

 Suffering was the way in which Jesus made God’s love, justice and forgiveness real and known to us. It is the way the Father most often works. For Jesus, the joy of what he would accomplish would cause him to endure the cross. I wonder how we would respond.

Heb 12 1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

As part of your prayer today why not use Psalm 31 to consider the areas of challenge and protection that you have experienced with God. Identify with him the human responses you have taken and thank God for the Godly responses he has shown you.

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
31 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
    let me never be put to shame;
    in your righteousness deliver me!
2 Incline your ear to me;
    rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
    a strong fortress to save me!
3 For you are my rock and my fortress;
    and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
4 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
    for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
    you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
6 I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
    but I trust in the Lord.
7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
    because you have seen my affliction;
    you have known the distress of my soul,
8 and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
    you have set my feet in a broad place.
9 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
    my eye is wasted from grief;
    my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
    and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
    and my bones waste away.
11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
    especially to my neighbours,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
    those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
    I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
    terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
    as they plot to take my life.
14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
    rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16 Make your face shine on your servant;
    save me in your steadfast love!
17 O Lord, let me not be put to shame,
    for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
    let them go silently to Sheol.
18 Let the lying lips be mute,
    which speak insolently against the righteous
    in pride and contempt.
19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
    which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
    in the sight of the children of mankind!
20 In the cover of your presence you hide them
    from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
    from the strife of tongues.
21 Blessed be the Lord,
    for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
    when I was in a besieged city.
22 I had said in my alarm,
    “I am cut off from your sight.”
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
    when I cried to you for help.
23 Love the Lord, all you his saints!
    The Lord preserves the faithful
    but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
    all you who wait for the Lord!


Grace and peace

Daily Update #227

Today’s Readings:  Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1 and Luke 16:19-end

This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
    who draws strength from mere flesh
    and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
    they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
    in a salt land where no one lives.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”
The heart is deceitful above all things
    and beyond cure.
    Who can understand it?
10 “I the Lord search the heart
    and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
    according to what their deeds deserve.”Jeremiah 17:5-10
This Lent we have been looking at some very challenging passages and today is no different.  Jeremiah 17 and Psalm 1 both talk about the same subject. Jeremiah is speaking to the people of Judah and once again he is confronting them over their sins. In today’s reading, Jeremiah gives the people an ultimatum.

They can choose between two ways of living: either they can put their trust in other people – mere mortals or they can put their trust in the Lord God. There are no other options, no middle ground.  They cannot have it both ways. To turn toward something other than the Lord is to turn away from the Lord. Nobody can face both directions at the same time.

I should firstly clarify that it is definitely not a sin to trust other people. However, when we choose to pin all our hopes on someone other than God, we are pushing him out of the way of being first in our lives. Verses 5 and 6 spell out the consequences of putting all our trust in other people – namely we would be cursed. Psalm 1 says that “The wicked are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore, the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For Yahweh knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish” (v. 4-6).

Today there are so many different things that vie for our attention and hold out promises of happiness and security.

  • We might trust in our own wisdom, strength or resources. Perhaps the wealthier or more gifted we are, the more we rely on ourselves rather than God.
  • We might put our trust in governments or international powers to protect our individual freedoms, rights and way of life.
  • Perhaps we put our trust in the latest vaccine to give us back the life we have lost over the last year.

All of these options hold out promises that they cannot keep.

However, we now turn to verse 7 and 8, which say “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord”. The consequence of choosing to trust in the Lord is blessing and flourishing. Indeed, such people are compared to “a tree planted by the waterswhich spreads out its roots by the river”. This beautiful image encourages us to know that we will have ready access to God through his Holy Spirit, enabling us to grow and flourish.  As we root ourselves in God through His word and prayer, we will be able to stand firm in adversity.  

Perhaps reading these verses, we are confident in which option we have chosen. However, Jeremiah then gives us an important warning.  He states that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it?”

We often find our own heart torn by conflicting values and desires. Paul put it very well in Romans 7:15: “For I don’t know what I am doing. For I don’t practice what I desire to do; but what I hate, that I do.  Our only solution is to bring our confusion to God to unravel and give us not only his perspective on whatever we are wrestling with, but also in submitting to and trusting in God, He leads us to His truth.

Jeremiah finally reminds us that God himself, “searches the mind, I try the heart, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” (verse 10). We may deceive ourselves, but we can never deceive the Lord.  As God told Samuel, “Don’t look on his face, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him: for I see not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but Yahweh looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7) 

So this Lent, let us bring our lives to God. David put it very well in Psalm 139: 

Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting
.Psalm 139: 23-24May this be our prayer today.

Tomorrow’s readings:  Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28; Psalm 105:16-22 and Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46

Daily Update #226

Jeremiah 18:18-20
 
18 Then they said, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us strike him with the tongue, and let us not pay attention to any of his words.”
 
19 Hear me, O Lord,
    and listen to the voice of my adversaries.
20 Should good be repaid with evil?
    Yet they have dug a pit for my life.
Remember how I stood before you
    to speak good for them,
    to turn away your wrath from them.

 
A couple questions from Matt this morning.
 
I wonder how we think God will work things out in the end?
 
Jeremiah had to minister in Judah when their sin of idolatry and pagan worship was reaching full measure. They had failed to heed the prophet’s warnings and allowed themselves to continue indulging themselves. Their response to Jeremiah’s messages shows how complacent they had become.
 
In spite of the false teaching, empty prayers and prophecies at the time, the people were happy. They were content, so long as they heard nothing they did not want to hear. The last thing they wanted was someone unsettling the peace they had made. So they plotted against Jeremiah and soon it would get ugly, with Jeremiah being beaten.The people in his time were angry when their world was challenged.
 
That is a helpful picture of what people are like and we may even not feel overly concerned, but if God did challenge you, when reading his word, when in prayer or some word of knowledge, what would you do? It is easy to become comfortable and less easy to change.
 
But God’s word both comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable.
 
How arrogant Jeremiah must have sounded to them!
 
Jeremiah though, pleads for God to deal with them. It continues into a strongly worded prayer. Bring judgement. Bring suffering. In Judah’s situation at the time, his prayer would have been in accord with God’s purposes, (the clue is in Jer 18:1-4 where he sees the potter re-purpose the clay). Judah was already steeped in sin, (e.g Jer 17:1-4). But these were part of God’s purposes, refashioning the nation to eventually bring his people to the cross. Judgement has been promised and is coming. A judgment Christ would bear.
 
Jeremiah would suffer and despair at the people. But he had remained faithful to God also prayed for their repentance, (v20). This part of the bible is about God’s judgement refining the nation, until there is only Christ. But we live in and amongst a complacent nation and a sometimes wayward church. What we say is fine, for us, so long as we don’t offend or confront anyone’s comfort. If we are honest, that often governs what we say or even do. But this passage does ask us what happens when we face difficult situations? How do we respond? Does anything but trust in God rule our hearts?
 
This isn’t a call to pray down fire on our nation, (Luke 9:54) but a summons for us to trust God – all things work for the good of those who love him…Rom 8:28. So I wonder, am I able to allow God to work his purpose out in my life? (Rom 8:28) Can I hand situations over so that I and those around me might experience God’s love, experience mercy and find forgiveness, instead of the judgment to come?
 
God is with you, wherever you may be and whatever you may choose to do. When might you most need to keep this in mind?
 
Creator God ,you made us all in your image may we discern you in all that we see ,and serve you in all that we do ;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
Prayer for justice
 
Living God,
deliver us from a world without justice
and a future without mercy;
in your mercy, establish justice,
and in your justice, remember the mercy
revealed to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 
 
Tomorrow’s readings – Jer 17:5-10; Ps 1; Luke 16:19-31
 

Daily Update #225

Isaiah 1:10, 16-20.    Psalm 50:8, 16-23.    Matthew 23:1-12.

16 ‘Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, 17 learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. 18 “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; 20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken’ (Isaiah 1: 16-20).

Isaiah1 is a brutal chapter! His great vision and prophecy begins with the Lord speaking in accusation and sadness against Judah and its capital city, Jerusalem – “I reared children and brought them up but they have rebelled against me (v2) and “Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption. They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on Him”(v4)Ouch! Similarly, when the infamously wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are mentioned in Isaiah 1:10 we know that God’s sadness is mixed with holy indignation. There is a big problem with the empty and meaningless nature of the people’s religious observance. It reflects the sinful reality of their lives and true worship from the heart is lacking. God is fed up with their showy  ritual, burnt offerings and festivals; so much so that He tells them “When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen”  (Is.1:15). God is not fooled by externals. Truly, we must get (and be) real with Him each day.

King David reveals God’s priorities towards sinful people in his lovely confessional psalm, Psalm 51 – “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (v16-17). Sadly, in Isaiah’s time there seems to have been little such humility or repentance. Social justice and a concern for the needy were lacking. Religious practice largely took the form of showy and shallow ritual. This revealed their moral complacency and neglect of God’s will, and an absence of doing good. That is why the Lord gives 9 instructions in only 2 verses (see Is.1:16-17 above)! If there was one thing that made Jesus angry it was the hypocrisy of the teachers of the law and the Pharisees. The gospels record that He used the expression “You hypocrites” 15 times; 12 of these are in Matthew (see Matt. 6 and and 23). It  is vital that we avoid this sin – our lives and our church life must reflect the good news we proclaim. We will always be known more for our deeds than for our words or forms of worship.

Like me, you will doubtless have found today’s reading tough going. However, we do find here a lovely promise which reminds us that God loves to forgive and restore contrite sinners: “Come now, let us reason together…Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (v18). The people of Judah had lost the heart of their worship by straying from God. We may be no better than they were but we too can receive God’s undeserved forgiveness when, like King David, we truly repent of our sins. Let’s make sure that our worship and church activities really focus upon honouring God. If they are to please Him, our lives must also be true to Him. Nothing less will do at all!

Today’s Prayer: Dear Father, please forgive us for all the times when our lives don’t match up to our words or to your requirements. We are sorry that at times our worship is not heart-felt, and that our commitment to you, each other and to those in need is too superficial and weak. Help us Lord Jesus to look to you and to become more like you each day. May we be a blessing to everyone we pray for, speak with or meet up with in the days ahead. Amen.      

Daily Update #224

Dan 9:4-10                    Ps 79:9,12,14                          Luke 6:36-38
We have sinned
 Brace yourself, today’s passage may make uncomfortable reading!
I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:
‘Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.
‘Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame – the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against you. The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; 10 we have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets.
 On the face of it, this is a sobering passage. As Saint Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (3:23). Today I will leave it between you and God to work through your personal sin, for today this passage speaks more of corporate or national sin.
Daniel was as good as any man could be in terms of righteousness. Don’t take my word for it, the Sovereign Lord endorsed this in the prophecies of Ezekiel (14:14). Yet Daniel associated himself with the sin of his people. I was struck that in this short passage he says, no less than 7 times, “we have…”, which included “sinned”, “been wicked”, “turned away”, “not listened”, “rebelled”, “not obeyed”. Strong words indeed!
Daniel was reflecting on the dire straits his people were in, exiled, oppressed, their cities demolished, including the walls and temple in Jerusalem. That was the very place they looked towards where God resided. This tragic downfall was a direct consequence of their sin, yet they had been warned repeatedly.
I am not directly associating any disaster or hard times we face at the moment, including the pandemic, the sorrowful loss we have faced of family and friends, or the economic consequences to come with our nation’s sin. However, there are always consequences to sin. We are called to be salt and light and should listen carefully to God’s promptings and consider the contribution we make to society, whatever small it might be. We will probably not realise or comprehend how this works this side of heaven. We can be sure though that there is one area where we can make a big effect, and that is in our prayer lives. For example, the Bible indicates that we should uphold those in authority in prayer.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Tim 2:1-2.
The encouraging aspect to Daniel’s prayer is found by reading the verses that preceded our passage today. Daniel had been reading his Scriptures faithfully, and homing in on God’s promises in Jeremiah that God would re-establish his holy city. God went beyond that, and brought his own son to that city to not only reconcile his people, but to provide for us too, the ultimate reconciliation with himself.
So not only pray for our leaders and confess our participation in our national sin, but be encouraged and read the Bible. This will then to remind us of our great and awesome God, who has provided many promises of blessings for us to claim. Hallelujah Amen.

Prayer
Dear Lord,
We confess we have sinned, personally and corporately. We repent that we have not paid heed to your word, and have not supported our leaders, in the church and in government, in the ways you have directed. Forgive us Lord, and restore this land to be a Christ-centred society. Help us to stand and reclaim your ground in the face of the creeping erosion of your standards.
We take up your promise that you said, “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”[1] Amen.


Tomorrow’s Reading: Isa 1:10,16-20

Daily Update #223

Pause:  As we prepare to look at God’s Word let us quieten our minds, so that
   His Holy Spirit may speak to us today.

Readings:  Ezekiel 18 : 21 – 28;   Psalm 130;  Matthew 5 : 20 – 26

“But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die.  None of the offences they have committed will be remembered against them.  Because of the righteous things they have done, they will live.  Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord.  Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?”  Ezekiel 18 : 21 – 23

Our reading from Ezekiel chapter 18 comes in the middle of a message from the Lord, to the prophet and so to the people, warning them of the perils of sinning against the Lord.  Such words from the Lord are nothing new; from the very beginning God made it very clear that although the people of Israel were to be his chosen ones that didn’t mean that they could do just as they pleased.  Very early on in their history God gave them the Law, setting out what he expected of them.  This was not done to bring the people into submission, but to open up the way to a life of joy with their Lord.  Obedience to God’s law brings peace with one another and with God.

However, as we know only too well, knowing the law, and keeping it, are often two completely different things.  Thankfully we have a gracious God who, whilst condemning the sin, confirms his love for the sinner over and over again.  In the Old Testament we see this in the role of the priest, leading the people to confession of their wrongdoing and then the offering of a sacrifice to God to bring about forgiveness.  Of course, this was only a temporary solution to the problem of sin; the shed blood of a goat, even one with no blemishes, could not fully take away the people’s sins; the sacrifice and ceremony had to be repeated annually until a permanent “solution” could be found.

Which is where Jesus comes into the picture.  In Galatians chapter 4 Paul writes, “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”  That phrase “born under the law” is important, because Jesus was fully human when he lived on earth, and was, like each one of us, subject to the Law laid down by God hundreds of years earlier.  What sets Jesus apart is that he lived a sinless life, even though he faced all of the temptations and problems that we do.  When Jesus shed his blood on the cross of Calvary his sacrifice was a perfect offering for the sins of the whole world, and as a result we can know God’s forgiveness at any time.  We don’t have to wait for an annual offering; as I said in the Reflection a couple of weeks ago, when we turn to God and ask for his forgiveness he is “faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 


God is always ready to hear us, always ready to forgive, and as we see from the reading in Ezekiel when we do confess, “none of the offences (we) have committed will be remembered against (us).”  The psalmist knew this; in verses 3 and 4 of today’s Psalm we read, “If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?  But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.”   

Thank you, Heavenly Father, that you were willing to send your beloved Son to bring us back into your loving arms.  Thank you, Jesus our Saviour, that you were willing to give yourself for us that we might be adopted into your heavenly family.  Thank you, Holy Spirit, for revealing these truths to us.  Thank you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.

The Big Quiz – 26th Feb 2021

This week is quiz week! See you on Friday, don’t forget to invite your friends and family. Click the image below to join the action…

The Big Love Southbourne Quiz will be line on this website and on FaceBook at 7.15pm on Friday 26th February. Anyone can play; individuals, couples, families or groups connected by their own video conference. 20 questions in 4 rounds, plus a special double points bonus question! All you will need is a pen & paper to write down your answers.

The answers will be given at the end of the quiz – once you have marked your sheet, send your team name and score to welovesouthbourne@stjohnssouthbourne.com

A bench to remember Mark

We are fund raising for a bench that be a fitting memorial for Mark. The piano bench would be suitably engraved and placed in the St. John’s Church grounds for all to enjoy. The picture below is the style of bench chosen.

Any extra funds raised would enable the purchase of WW1 and WW2 benches from the same company, and form part of an ongoing project with the Parish Council to improve the war memorial area.


You can contribute to this work by visiting the link below:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/mark-everson-memorial-benches

Do have a look at the fundraising page and let others know who might like to donate towards this.

A tribute to make can be found here.