When I was minister at Chadwell Heath URC, things that I suggested suddenly happened. I mentioned we need a garden in the car park, and within two weeks, a space for the flowers and plants was created. I asked that the minister’s room be turned into a place where people could pray, and it was converted into a warm space. And so it was, in October, that I said, “I really don’t like Halloween. I don’t like the idea, I don’t like trick-or-treating, and I don’t like the whole concept of zombies and blood and gore. What I want is an alternative Halloween.” Three weeks later, and alternative Halloween party with fireworks and children dressing up as princesses and … Food was laid on and many children and adults enjoyed a very happy, wholesome evening.
What I learnt was that you can’t say I want to stop something unless you have something ready to fill the gap. World Vision, invites us to help them sponsor 1,000 girls by International day of the girl on 11th October. This is just one of their many campaigns to end poverty. If we are willing to give, we can help them reach their goal.
For more information, visit their website: https://www.worldvision.org.uk/our-work/empowering-girls/1000-girls/
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Rev'd Martin Wheadon