Fathers’ Day 2019 is on 16th June. It’s a day to appreciate and celebrate everybody (including women) who provides paternal care for somebody – child or adult. Paternal care can range from kicking a ball around with the “cared-for” every so often, to deeply involved hour-by-hour care. It also includes the love and care that an estranged father might have for his children- perhaps one of the most difficult paternal roles of all.
What a broad remit! We think of them all, and pray for them all on Fathers’ Day. Rev’d Neville delivered a lovely sermon for last year’s Fathers’ Day which we share now in Outreach Online. Please click the image below to download the article.
A few weeks ago, St James the Less church was privileged to host the funeral and celebration of the life of Elizabeth (Bet) Fearnley. Her husband (Bill) and their son (Robert) delivered a very moving and inspiring eulogy, while Rev’d Neville provided the context of this beautiful service. The words that were spoken by Bill, Robert and Neville are collated in the article. We hope that it brings comfort smiles to the Fearnley family and their friends, and, as happened for me, that it provides inspiration for people who didn’t know Bet. Please click on the image below to download the article.
About a year ago, the funeral and celebration of Denis Smith’s life took place at St James the Less Church. It was an uplifting and eye-opening occasion. The church was full of family, friends and colleagues of Denis. Folk musicians (including members of his own family) payed homage to Denis by playing folk music that he loved. We learned a lot about this extraordinary man. Many of us had only known him in the later years of his life when he was suffering from dementia. Lynda Smith wrote this article about Denis, and it seems fitting to post it online now to mark his anniversary. Please click on the image below to download the document.