Big Questions

A recent survey found that British mothers are called upon to answer 300 questions a day by their small children. Their curiosity can be delightful, frustrating and even embarrassing. Have you ever been in a supermarket when a toddler has pointed at another shopper and asks “Why is that woman so fat?” According to the research, the five toughest questions mums get asked are: Why is water wet? Where does the sky end? What are shadows made of? Why is the sky blue? How do fish breathe under water?

It sometimes seems that as we get older, our curiosity diminishes and we become less inclined to ask awkward questions. Perhaps we learn that it is not always appropriate to ask, or maybe we think that we have all the answers we need. Even so, many people have tough questions that surface in their minds at times of personal crisis and uncertainty. These questions are often addressed towards God and relate to purpose and destiny, origins and endings, pain and suffering.

During the month of June, the members of Life Church are conducting a survey to find out what the Big Questions are that people in Hook would like to ask God. We plan to call at every home in the village to invite you to share with us one Big Question you would like to ask God. If you wish, you can tell your question to the person who rings your doorbell. Alternatively we will leave you with a card giving details of how you can send your question to us online, by email, text or tweet, or simply by post.

We will publish the results of the survey in the September edition of Hook Focus. Also, every Sunday in September our speakers will be taking each of the top five Big Questions in turn and using the bible to explain how we believe God would answer those questions. We are excited by this opportunity to tailor our meetings to the issues that are important to you and look forward to receiving your questions.

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This blog post featured in the June 2013 edition of Hook Focus

Catch the Flame

Over the next few months the world’s gaze will be upon London as the 30th modern Olympic Games gets underway. Starting on 19th May the Olympic torch will traverse the country in readiness for the opening ceremony in July. The symbol of the Olympic Flame can be traced back to ancient Greece and a fire that burned constantly in Olympia. According to mythology this was to commemorate the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus.

For Christians the image of fire reminds us of the flames that appeared on the heads of the apostles on the day of Pentecost as the Holy Spirit came upon them. This event marked the birth of the church and the fulfilment of promises from God that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord would be saved. Traditionally Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter and this year falls on 27th May.

To celebrate these two events Life Church and St John’s Church are partnering with our friends from Miracle Street for the ‘Catch the Flame’ weekend. On the Saturday afternoon we shall be holding a family fun day in Hartletts Park with an Olympic theme. This will be followed on the Sunday afternoon by an open air celebration of Pentecost, also in Hartletts Park. We hope that you will join us for these exciting events as together we ‘Catch the Flame’

This blog post featured in the May 2012 edition of Hook Focus