Stephen and his wife Linda live in Kirkham and for 13 years Stephen managed the Face To Face Homelessness Charity merging it into Fylde Coast YMCA some ten years ago. As Housing Director at the YMCA, Stephen was responsible for developing various community projects including The Credit Union and Fylde Counselling Service.
Reflecting on his former appointments in East London and Newcastle-on-Tyne of working as Methodist Minister, Hospital Chaplain and part time tutor with the Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield, Stephen is clearly committed to encouraging individuals and communities to be honest about their hopes and needs and finding how faith in God can help them be met in Body, Mind and Spirit.
|Stephen is our Minister but is already known to us and well known on the Fylde Coast having lived and worked in Fylde for 18 years and prior to that he was a Minister in Blackpool.|
Like many other gardeners I am anxiously waiting to see if United Utilities are going to impose a hosepipe ban on our area. I can cope with a yellow lawn because I know when the rain comes it will soon recover but my plants are a different. Recently planted bedding plants are just starting their three months of colour and a whole succession of perennials, with their varied foliage and blooms that give scent and colour in abundance, are all under threat of drought.
Something that normally gives me such pleasure and peace is now a source of concern and is opening up all sorts of ethical issues. Do I put my hosepipe away now acting responsibly and respond to the call to help reduce demand and avoid the ban? Will I be part of the solution rather than the problem? I am torn as a neighbour’s sprinkler dances in the early morning sunshine. It seems incredible that we have plenty of water in the reservoirs but not enough treatment works to get it into the system for us to use.
How complex life is. We take so many things for granted. We can complain about not having enough yet when compared to many we have more than enough. Enough to share? Jesus was a great one for chatting with people about everyday things. He spoke a lot about water saying “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Faith is for many people an untapped resource. It offers so much yet is often overlooked. There is enough for all but you have to let it flow through you to be refreshed by it.