Remembering those who have died

Last week's North Somerset Times carried the headline 'Christian in call to boycott Psychic Fair'. I can understand why a psychic fair might attract some

Last week's North Somerset Times carried the headline 'Christian in call to boycott Psychic Fair'.I can understand why a psychic fair might attract some customers, especially at this time of year when our thoughts turn to remembering those who have died. Those who have lost a beloved partner, parent, child or friend long for reassurance that the person they have lost is somehow 'all right', and to know that the link they had with them is not broken for ever.Many churches, including All Saints, Wraxall, of which I am priest-in-charge, hold a 'service of remembering' this month, to give bereaved people the opportunity to remember those who have died, perhaps to light a candle for them, and be assured that God holds all people, in this world and the next, in his care, and that not even death can extinguish the power of love.It would be helpful, I believe, if, instead of condemning an event such as the psychic fair at the Scotch Horn Centre, Christians acknowledged the deep spiritual needs of those outside the churches, and were willing to be present at such events, to share the faith that helps them to find meaning and purpose in their lives.I did call into the fair briefly, to see what was on offer. The lady who had organised the event told me that she felt there were 'great spiritual needs in Nailsea'. Many Christians in Nailsea are well aware of this already - and we'd be delighted if anyone who wishes to embark on a spiritual quest to join us on our journey of faith, and explore these issues together - all are welcome. Rev Rosey Lunn - Wraxall


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