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H.O.D’s and Art Exhibition.

Once again our Parish Art and Crafters came up trumps with a first class display that attracted many visitors to our Parish Church over a four day event. Primarily the event was part of national Heritage Open Days along with other buildings of distinction throughout Wirral and Cheshire.
On display throughout our church were rarely seen pictures of the St Mary & St Helen including drawings of the original building. Apart from the Viking stone, windows and font that draws visitors throughout the year there were four priest’s chasubles and cope and vintage copes displayed in the Falklands Chapel. Tours were arranged for those who wanted to learn a little bit more of the history of our church, and anyone who could negotiate the narrow steps could discover the art of campanology (bell-ringing) and even toll a bell.
The art and craft exhibition displayed fine pictures of different mediums, water colour, oil, acrylic and photography, embroidery, pottery, wood-burning, sewing and appliché. Many of the items displayed were for sale.
 

THE WAY I SEE IT: The Blame Game

It’s her fault!’ That, along with ‘it’s not fair!’ is among the first sentences most children learn. Something’s been broken, someone’s in tears, and the Blame Game has begun. The awful truth is, we don’t grow out of it. Look at any newspaper or watch daytime television and you’ll see it played out endlessly.
Years ago, a battle-hardened journalist told me that ‘in news there are no accidents’. Of course, in fact there are. But after every well-publicised incident the media and aggrieved parties ensure that the endless hunt for someone – anyone – to blame and punish goes on, even if it takes years. 
When the tower in Siloam fell, the crowds didn’t ask Jesus who was to blame (they simply assumed it was an ‘act of God’). They wanted to know if the 18 victims were particular sinners, to suffer such a fate. No, he said, they weren’t – though they should all amend their ways. The crowd weren’t concerned with blame, but consequence. It sometimes seems we’ve reversed that, in the modern world, and replaced consequence with blame. Somehow it will all be better if someone is punished – or is made to pay heavy compensation. 
Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer we ask for forgiveness, but add ‘as we forgive those who sin against us’. It may well be their fault, but we are not seeking a penalty for it. That seems a healthy, if radical, alternative to the Blame Game.

 Canon David Winter

[first published in ‘Church Times’]