In the news today was a story about The Scout movement celebrating the Centenary of its Gilwell Park centre. It was a delight to see such a good news story being highlighted on national TV but watching this, I realised that the work of the Scout movement goes on quietly day by day throughout the world. It helps so many young people to enjoy a wide variety of experiences, while learning life skills and contributing to their community.
There are many similar stories of people of all ages doing work that helps their own communities and others around the world, not least all those who give up their time to the Scouts and Guides. Many organisations rely on the work of volunteers to function, without their efforts life for many people would be poorer.
It is good to see that we are becoming better at celebrating their achievements and by a number of schemes recognising all that is done by volunteers.
Service to others is at the heart of Christian faith, in service we share the gift of God’s love. John’s Gospel expresses it perfectly in these words of Jesus “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another”.
Our vision here at Holy Trinity is to take God’s love into the community, at the centre of this is to be here to serve and be part of Longlevens day by day, every day.