Ok! Here’s your starter for 10. Three questions, no conferring!1. How long did it take the children of Israel to reach the Promised Land in the Old Testament?2. How long should it have taken the children of Israel to reach the Promised Land in the Old Testament?3. Why the difference?The answers to questions 1 and 2 are fairly straightforward; 40 years and 28-30 days respectively. The Israelites travelled approximately 240 miles through the wilderness in 40 years; an average of only 6 miles per year, which by any standard is slow going, even for people on foot. So then, back to our third question; Why the delay?Mathematicians often tell us that the shortest distance between two given points is a straight line and everyone who is in the know tends to accept this wisdom without any serious question; everyone that is, except God. Why did God deal with His people in the way that He did? Why did He let them spend over half a lifetime wandering in the wilderness? Furthermore, why is this a strategy that God still uses with many of us today?I wonder if part of the answer lies in the observation that we tend to be fairly preoccupied with our ultimate destination, continually asking God (if we believe in Him!) to show us where we will eventually arrive; (our “Promised Land” if you like.) By comparison, God seems to be just as interested (maybe more so) in the wandering itself and in seeing us through that journey from beginning to end. Indeed it could be argued that the term “wandering” has a rather unfortunate connotation as it suggests a sense of idleness, aimlessness and a total lack of direction or plan. This was never the case with God’s people! Yes they “wandered,” but they did so within God’s plan and purpose! The people thought that they were wandering; God knew that they were being led.And so perhaps there is a challenge for us all to resist the idea that we have arrived at where God wants each of us to be, whether we are young people trying to make sense of the bewildering array of educational options open to us, or older people looking forward to retirement and beginning to think that God has no more active use for us. We are called to rejoice in the fact that our journey will be ongoing, that it will be according to God’s timing as opposed to ours and that God may still have things planned for us that we never thought possible.Robert Legge(Team Vicar, Parish of Kidderminster East)
St. Mary, Roman Catholic
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At Bromsgrove we offer worship in a variety of styles, mostly informal, always including readings from the Bible which will be explained and applied to today, songs and hymns some from the days of the Wesleys and many written in the last few years. Currently the majority of Sunday mornings singing is led by an organ but at least once a month by a worship band of different instruments and vocalists. During the week there are opportunities to join smaller groups to read, discuss and pray for each other. We offer God’s love in word and actions on site (see weekly diary); in homes (through for example Crosslinks Befriending) and in the community often in partnership with other Christian churches – for example Street Pastors. If you come to a Sunday Service or week day activity we hope you will feel welcome. The church is committed to a Safeguarding Policy for children and vulnerable adults, has access for wheel chair users, T loop for audibly impaired people and large print word version of all that is needed in worship. (most of what we sing and say is projected on to screens).Oaks Community ChurchThe Oaks Community Church meets at ‘The Oaks’ Community Centre at Harvington (on the main A 450, close to Mustow Green traffic island).The church meets every Sunday morning at 10:30am and every Friday evening at 7:30pm. Refreshments are also available after the services.
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Priest: Rt. Rev. Mgr. Canon John Moran<Link>Harvington Hall Lane, Kidderminster DY10 4LRPhone: 01562 77731919 Stratford Road, Bromsgrove B60 1ASPhone: 01527 835843The Oaks Community HallWorcester Road,Harvington.DY10 4NSPlease contact John Davis on 07958 489994 or email email@example.com