St George, good neighbours and campfires!

Address given at the District Scouts’s St’ George’s Day Service, 23rd April 2017

Today, St. George’s Day, we celebrate and feel proud of – our country and our achievements – and of the Scouts and our achievements: We’re celebrating who we are – and how proud we are of all the people like us.

And I for one think that is a good thing to do – we are helping each other to feel good about ourselves and recognising that we need each other to be part of something bigger than ourselves – our Scouts group and our country.
But it feels a bit strange to me, this year, to be marking St. George’s Day – following the Brexit vote – and just a few weeks after our government started the process of taking our country out of the European Union.

Here we are celebrating our national day as normal, but also having to work out again what “being British” actually means – what being English actually means –
and how our country now fits in with the rest of the world.
And I think we’ll need to be careful to spot the difference – between people who are just proud of their own country – and those who actually want to separate themselves off from everyone else.

In our own minds, we need to try not to divide the world into “people who are like us” and people who are not like us.

In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus teaches us that “our neighbour” is anyone, and everyone, who needs our help.

No matter what we look like or sound like, no matter what religion we follow or what language we speak – to Jesus we are all neighbours.

So, yes, we can and should be proud of who we are, but we also need to be generous in the way we look at other people “outside” our own country AND in the way we treat the “strangers” who are here with us – people who’ve come from another country and made their home here.

These are our neighbours, Jesus says, just as the Samaritan was a good neighbour to the Jewish man in our story.

I hope that all of you are proud of whichever Scouts group you belong to – whether Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, or Explorers, Sea Scouts, Air Scouts or anyone else I’ve forgotten!

But I hope that you also feel proud when you join together with other groups from around the District – for occasions like this.
It’s good to really know the people in our own group – but it’s also good to know that there’s a much bigger group of people all doing the same kind of things that we do, and to know that we belong to them as well.

And if you’re ever lucky enough to get to one of the bigger meetings – perhaps with Scouts from other countries – you’ll get an even better sense of what it means to be part of the Scouting movement – which spreads around the world.
There are Scouts who wear uniforms very different from any of yours, there are Scouts whose language and culture would seem very strange to us – and yet, they too are proud to be Scouts. And it’s good for all of us to remember and celebrate just how big and varied that movement really is.

Whether you are part of 1st Wilton, Old Sarum, 1st Boscombe Down, Tisbury, Bourne Valley, Fisherton Explorers, or somewhere else entirely – you are first of all a Scout – part of the worldwide Scouting Movement.

No matter which country you come from, you are first of all a child of God – part of the one human family.

So, be proud of who you are and of those people closest to you – God has made you special and unique – but don’t let that pride turn you against everyone else.

It’s only by working together –
with people like us and with those who are different –
that we discover just how good we really can be and just how much good we can really achieve.scouts 17b

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DIARY DATES AUGUST 2017

Wednesday 2nd 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory

Thursday 3rd 12.00 noon Art Group Visit Parish Church

Saturday 5th Marriage of Philip Blackman and Abby Read Parish Church

Sunday 6th THE TRANSFIGURATION
8.00am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
9.30am Matins BCP St Catherine’s
10.45am Parish Eucharist Parish Church

Wednesday 9th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
2.30pm Mothers’ Union Celebration for St Peter’s
Mary Sumner Day fb tea, Garden Centre

Sunday 13th NINTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Matins BCP St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church

Tuesday 15th THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Wednesday 16th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory

Thursday 17th 11.00am Holy Communion St Peter’s

 

Sunday 20th TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Matins BCP St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church
3.00pm Holy Baptism Parish Church

Wednesday 23rd 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory

Thursday 24th ST BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE

Saturday 26th 1.00pm Marriage of Hamish McKinnell Parish Church
and Emily Ludlow

Sunday 27th ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Holy Communion St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church

Wednesday 30th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory

Thursday 31st 11.00am Holy Communion St Peter’s

DIARY DATES JULY 2017

Sunday 2nd THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
9.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
10.30am Sung Eucharist with Ordinations Salisbury Cathedral

Monday 3rd ST THOMAS THE APOSTLE
Diocesan Clergy Conference (in Derbyshire) – 3rd – 6th July

Tuesday 4th 10.30-12 noon The Coffee Corner Community Centre
Wednesday 5th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
7.30pm MU ‘Summer of Hope’ Garden Party 32 Waterditchampton

Friday 7th “Pulse Camp” – 7th – 9th July – Hampshire Christian Trust site, Romsey.

Saturday 8th 2.00pm Marriage of Elizabeth Kinsey and Parish Church
Russell Mouland

Sunday 9th FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Holy Communion St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church
3.00pm Holy Baptism Parish Church

Monday 10th 2.45pm “Open the Book” Primary School

Tuesday 11th 10.30-12 noon The Coffee Corner Community Centre

Wednesday 12th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
2.00pm Bible reading Group Rectory
2.30pm Mothers’ Union talk:
“Bequests, Brides and Bellringers” Church Room
7.30pm PCC meets Parish Church

Thursday 13th 10.00am WMSET Trustees meet Rectory

Friday 14th 10.00am FLOWER FESTIVAL BEGINS Parish Church

Saturday 15th From 10.00am Flower Festival continues, with stalls.
11.00am Primary School Choir performs Parish Church

Sunday 16th FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Matins BCP St Catherine’s
10.45am Festival Eucharist Parish Church
12.00 noon Flower Festival resumes after service.

Tuesday 18th 10.30-12 noon The Coffee Corner Parish Church
7.30pm Wilton Educational Charity Meets Rectory

Wednesday 19th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory

Thursday 20th 11.00am Holy Communion St Peter’s
6.00pm Primary School Leavers’ Service Parish Church

Friday 21st 1.45pm Primary School “End of Year Service” Parish Church

 

Saturday 22nd MARY MAGDALENE
3.00pm Marriage of Hayley Hughes Parish Church
and Keiran Cox

 

Sunday 23rd SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Holy Communion, BCP St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church

Monday 24th Electrical work resumes until Friday 28th Parish Church

Tuesday 25th ST JAMES THE APOSTLE

Wednesday 26th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory

Sunday 30th SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church
3.00pm Holy Baptism Parish Church

DIARY DATES JUNE 2017

Thurs. 1st 7.00pm Wilton United Charities Trustees meet 43 Shaftesbury Rd
Saturday 3rd 2.00pm Marriage of Gemma Pitman
and Rosco Drewitt Parish Church

Sunday 4th PENTECOST (Whit Sunday)
8.00am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
9.30am Holy Communion St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church

Monday 5th Electrical Works re-commence in Parish Church – possible disruption.

Tuesday 6th 10.30-12 noon The Coffee Corner Community Centre
Weds. 7th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
7.30pm ‘Pennies for Projects’ Making a
Collection tin for Mothers’ Union Church Room

Thurs. 8th 3.45pm Stepping Stones Community Centre

Sunday 11th TRINITY SUNDAY
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Holy Communion St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church
9.00 – 12.00 Julia’s House Charity cycle ride – passes through Wilton.

Monday 12th Wilton ‘Pop Up’ Week begins
2.45pm “Open the Book” Primary School

 

Tuesday 13th 9.30am Rural Deans/Lay Chairs meet Education Centre 10.45am Chapter Eucharist and meeting Parish Church

Weds. 14th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
2.30pm ‘B.P. and Beyond’. David Waspe, Church Room
S. Wilts Scouts District Commissioner.
Wilton MU welcomes any present or
former Scouts or Guides to this talk

Thurs. 15th CORPUS CHRISTI
8.30 – 1.30 Governors’ Open Day Primary School
11.00am Holy Communion St Peter’s
3.45pm Stepping Stones Community Centre
6.00pm Archidiaconal Mission/Pastoral Committee Church House

Sunday 18th FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Matins BCP St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church

11am-4pm The Great Big Lunch Shopping Village
Tuesday 20th 10.30-12 noon The Coffee Corner Parish Church
7.15pm Deanery Synod meeting and Eucharist Semley School
(elected members only for this meeting)

Weds. 21st 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory

Thurs. 22nd 3.45pm Stepping Stones Community Centre

Sat. 24th Birth of John the Baptist
2.30pm Marriage of Harry Hearn and Parish Church
Sophia Wilmot-Josife

Sunday 25th SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Holy Communion St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church
6.00pm Evensong St. Peter’s

Monday 26th 2.45pm “Open the Book” Primary School

Tuesday 27th 10.30-12 noon The Coffee Corner Community Centre

Weds. 28th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory

Thurs. 29th Peter & Paul, Apostles
11.00am Holy Communion St Peter’s