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Mad, Bad or God?
David Ingram, 44, a chemical engineer, from Hull weighs up the question was Jesus Christ mad, bad, or God...
WAS Jesus Christ mad, bad or God? This was the question weighed up by David Ingram during Christian basics courses he attended at his local church in Hull. The chemical engineer analysed and debated the arguments – as only a scientist could - before making a decision that would set him on a life-changing journey of faith. "I looked at this question as a scientist analysing all the different factors," David said.
"I decided that I couldn't see Jesus as mad, he clearly wasn't bad so it only left the one answer. This generated more questions and I knew then that I was on a journey and Christianity was definitely worth considering.” David, 44, a father-of-three, was not from a religious background and his first introduction to church was when he got married to his wife Tracey at St Aidan's, East Hull, in 1986. The baptism of the couple's son, Christopher, rekindled Tracey's interest in Christianity as her parents had taken to the church as a child.
David said: "Tracey became more and more involved and I was happy for her to take the children along as I wanted them to make their own minds up. I had no strong beliefs either way but began going to some of the men's activities."
The turning point came when David's friend from the group invited him on a six-week Start Course, aimed at discovering more about the Christian faith.
"Steve came to faith fairly late in life and it was hearing his story that made me go on the course," he said.
"I'd hoped it would answer some of my big questions. I really enjoyed Start but it was some time before I took the next step.” It was not until nearly a year later that David felt compelled to attend an Alpha course which took things onto another level.
"My discussions became a lot more in-depth and I started to attend church regularly," he said. "I've generally been quite a good guy in my life but I just felt there was something missing. "Now that gap has been filled by my faith.
My whole Christian journey started through socialising with people in church. Personal invitation is so important. "Jesus to me is like having a father, a good friend and a teacher all rolled into one. He is always there for me."
David is now even more involved in the St Aidan's men's group and is planning to lead his own Start! Course.
First Sunday Services - Sunday 6th August 2017
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 1662
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 8.45am 1662 Communion
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion
Sun 2nd July 4.00pm
Open Air Songs of Praise
for Barrington Church Day in the churchyard
(wet weather - inside church!)
Sunday 30th July 10.30am
“Thank you” Service - Puckington
A time to think about all the good things in our lives and to give thanks for them.
Sun 30th July 4.30pm
Deanery Songs of Praise - Chillington
in the Jubilee Field with views out to Wales!
(Organised by Chillington Church; by kind permission of the Chapman family)
Buttle Close Common Room - Shepton Beauchamp
We meet at 11.30am on the first Thursday of each month in the Common Room of Buttle Close for a short, gentle service of prayers, hymns, readings and a story. Everyone is very welcome.
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
This service is 25 minutes long, simple Communion Service to reflect, pray and give thanks.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sat 1st July 11.00am - 4.00pm
Barrington Church Day
see notice later in this Web
Fri 21st July - evening
Ceilidhe at Seavington Village Hall
in aid of Kingstone Church
Sat 29th July - DOWLISH WAKE Duck Race
Our flock of little rubber friends take to the water once more….
lots of other activities on offer throughout the village.
18th - 20th August - Puckington Flower Festival
Throughout the three days,
come and see the famous flower festival in church.
26th August - Chillington Craft Fair
The annual August bank holiday weekend craft fair,
held in the SPEKE HALL Dowlish Wake
A very big thank you to everyone who has helped - in any way - with the recent fundraising events. For those raising the money….thank you for your hard work and time; for those supporting…..thank you for your help and generosity…..
Puckington Coffee Morning at Peelmead - raised £300
Shepton Beauchamp - Cake & Tea-towel stall at Cowleaze Fun Day - raised £202.60
All of the funds raised are for the constant work need to run, maintain and repair, the village churches.
From the Church Registers
27th May 17 Dan Robson and Jas Blows-Paliwoda; joined in holy matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp.
03rd Jun 17 Freddie Greenop, 96 yrs; a long term member of Dowlish Wake church, Thanksgiving Service at the Fleet Air Arm Memorial Chapel, Yeovilton.
03rd Jun 17 Mary Collins very nearly 90 yrs! A long serving member of Puckington church and resident of Barrington, Thanksgiving Service at Puckington.
From other Sources
23rd May 17 Eileen Bond, 90 yrs; a long term resident of Barrington, cremation at Taunton.
An Article by Olivia Rudgard, Affairs Correspondent
The Telegraph - 17 June 2017
One in six young people are practising Christians, new figures show, as research suggests thousands convert after visiting church buildings.
The figures, show that more than one in five (21 per cent) people between the ages of 11 and 18 describe themselves as active followers of Jesus, and 13 per cent say they are practising Christians who attend church. The study suggested that levels of Christianity were much higher among young people than previously thought, as research in 2006 suggested church attendance among teenagers was less than half of this.
Around 13 per cent of teenagers said that they decided to become a Christian after a visit to a church or cathedral, according to the figures. The influence of a church building was more significant than attending a youth group, going to a wedding, or speaking to other Christians about their faith. The research was carried out in December but was not released until now because analysts thought such a high figure could not be accurate, but another study recently released showed similar results. One of the researchers - Mr Dale - said: “There was disbelief among the team because it was so high. What is really exciting for us is that there is this warmth and openness that we are seeing among young people – they are really open to faith,” he said.
One in five said reading the Bible had been important, 17 per cent said going to a religious school had had an impact and 14 per cent said a spiritual experience was behind their Christianity. “Things which we would class as old hat methods are some of the more effective ways. It’s a real wake-up call for the church – we’ve got lots of young people who are coming into churches with school groups and that’s a really integral part of them becoming a Christian,” Mr Dale added. Senior Church of England figures said the findings showed the importance of keeping churches and cathedrals accessible.
The Bishop of Worcester, John Inge, who is the lead bishop for churches and church buildings, said: “This shows the power of church buildings – they are powerful for all sorts of reasons. They give a sense of stability, and also the sense that the Christian faith has inspired people to build these extraordinary buildings,” he said.
He is leading a campaign to persuade parishes to keep churches open, instead of locking their doors. There are around 16,000 Churches of England buildings which are operational. “I’m passionate about church buildings staying open. The cathedrals are the jewel in the crown but when thinking about all those young people, it’s just as likely to be one of the parish churches which they have been inspired by,” added Bishop Inge.