On Sunday 1 March, there will be ONE morning service across the Benefice which will take place 10.30 am at Pett Village Hall. This will be a Unity Service for Fairlight and Pett. Maybe Guestling will join us too? Pett had a trial service on the 26th January to test the logistics of this.
The Unity Service provides the opportunity to be ‘us’, instead of ‘them’ and ‘us’. We have the opportunity to break barriers instead of maintaining them. In terms of equality we will all meet away from our usual places of worship, a step of faith for all, not just some.
Practically we can meet in a place that is warm, has toilet facilities, parking and disabled access.
Socially we can have lunch together.
Biblically we are reminded that church is people, not buildings.
Relationally a smaller venue may increase intimacy and break down human barriers. Hopefully it will encourage and spawn ideas that build one another up, rather than keeping us apart.
Logistically many hands will make light work – and we might learn more about working together and meeting together?
Financially there should be gains for everyone as we will not be heating
(potentially) three separate churches.
Crucially we want to show the Diocesan film ‘Sharing in the household of Faith’. The film will encourage and refresh. It will give us a picture of what is going on in the diocese, take us out of our parish boundary thinking and remind us that we are part of something much bigger. It will encourage our faith in God.
These are just a few of the reasons why we are meeting in Pett Village Hall on 1st March. God may add many more reasons.
So, please join us on 1st March and encourage others to do the same. Let’s see what happens and where it leads!