CHAPLAIN’S MUSINGS 24th April 2018

If there is one word that has been over used in the last days and indeed weeks on both sides of the water – it is courage / bravery (Mut).
For some reason a good number of people seem to think that this move in particular has been significantly different and therefore has required great courage.
Well no not really at least not from where I am standing. The cultural changes involved in going to Nigeria and Uganda and to a Ugandan and then an English boarding school, were all much much greater than coming here. And linguistically I have had greater challenges too.
So I am somewhat mystified. We shall see, time will tell.
Courage and bravery was one of the last ‘Assemblies’ I took in one of my primary schools and the lesson there was that courage is often called forth at a particular moment or crisis and we rise to the challenge or we run for cover. And indeed, very often, who does which is a surprise to those around. History confirms this of course. The real heroes and heroines are often very ordinary people called at a moment of crisis to do extra ordinary things.

As essentially a whimp, I have always hoped, though not prayed, that my courage would never be tested – long may it remain thus.
Meanwhile it is just great to be here – at last !!

Here is a favourite bit from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (it has for very many years lived on my front door):
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone
And I must follow, if I can.
Pursuing it with weary feet
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then ? I cannot say.”


Photos from Saturday’s licensing can be found here
Many thanks for Jim for capturing the moment.

A big “Thank you”
Many thanks to all those who provided food for the get-together after the service for Kara!  Special thanks to Gary and Naomi as my main helpers, to my ladies from the Women’s Group and all those (Hayward, Roger) who stayed on to help clear up afterwards. We were very grateful to have Daniel from the Old Catholics to help us put everything back in its proper place.  We showed Kara in style that no one ever goes home hungry after a service!
Alison Seyerle

Sunday’s Service will be a joint service with the Old Catholics, but will start at our normal time of 11:15 … and possibly we’ll be on time this week 🙂

The first Pub Night of 2018 (hurrah!) will take place on Thursday 26th April  in the
Same procedure as normal: a beer, a bite to eat and a chat, e-mail Darren if you’d like to know more.

Ladies’ Evening Group – will meet for a change on a Tuesday,  8th May. We’ll meet from 19:00 at Oishi Sushi in Feuerbach
Please let Elinor who if you can join us , she writes “It’s wonderful also for people who hate Sushi (like myself)!” If you can’t make LEGS on a Monday then please do join us – book a spot at the table by speaking to Elinor or e-mailing

Women’s Group
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, 24th May from 10 until 12 in the Anglican Centre. Please note that this is the FOURTH  Thursday, and not the usual third, as I am on holiday in May. Hopefully we will be able to repair the hymn books this time. Last time we couldn’t get into the church to collect them.
The coloured tape is there, sponsered by Ken, so just bring some scissors. See you there.
Alison Seyerle


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