Community Church Chat
I saw the above outside a church in Ilfracombe in Devon when I was on holiday there about 5 years ago and it struck me so much that it has stayed with me ever since. Not that it is especially profound but to me each phrase in it rang true about what I understand a Christian to be.
We Christians are ordinary people with nothing special about us at all, the same as everyone else. All the usual things which concern most people like getting a job, family matters, having enough money, getting enough sleep, being too busy in life, dealing with other difficult circumstances of one sort or another ...etc, they all apply to Christians too.
Sometimes I have heard it said or perhaps implied that if you become a Christian then your troubles would disappear. I maybe wish that were true but I can tell you for absolute certain that it is not true. Christians still get ill or suffer mishaps of one sort or another. They have family disagreements, they struggle to have enough money for their day to day needs and like everyone else tragic things can happen to them that cause them to ask why has that happened to me?
In answer to the question I have posed above, there are no easy answers. We cannot explain things which seem unfair which seem to frequently happen, all we can do is to accept the situation and believe that God is in control and still loves us and wants the best for us. In such circumstances we lean on each other for practical support and God for spiritual support. We pray and after that we can sometimes find that a special kind of peace comes over us, even though the circumstances may be largely unchanged, the Bible calls it a ‘peace which passes understanding’.
So if you are ordinary and face troubles in your life, you are no different to anyone else!! - and certainly no different to those who go to the churches of St Asaph on Sundays. So be assured that if you came to our church you would find people who would help you as much as they could and I am sure that applies to all the other churches too
Otterly-Good News for Rhuddlan Nature Reserve
Efforts to breathe new life into an overgrown pond at Rhuddlan Nature Reserve and to attract new wildlife has paid off - with one of the UK’s most iconic and fastest declining mammal species making its home there.
The Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) was widespread throughout Wales and the UK up until the 1950’s but a serious decline followed and in the late 1970’s the species was completely absent from many regions and with only a small population surviving in Wales.
The otter relies on a healthy mix of terrestrial and aquatic habitat and it would appear this is what it has found at the recently designated Rhuddlan Local Nature Reserve. otter has been caught on camera at the location by a local photographer, although their numbers are not known.
Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the conservation work has paid dividends.
“In early 2016 a decision was made to reinstate a derelict and overgrown pond on the reserveand to ensure a good mix of marginal vegetation and open water. Specialist equipment was brought in to clear the pond from most of the overgrown vegetation. Striking the right balance is sometimes difficult but we have achieved it here and our efforts have been rewarded with regular sightings of one of the UK’s most iconic species.
“We wanted to create a haven for wildlife and a lot of hard work that has gone on to make this happen. The proof is in the pudding and to capture an otter on camera at the location shows that the hard work has paid off.
“None of this could have been possible without the hard work of Denbighshire Countryside Service staff and volunteers, as well as the tremendous support from the Management Advisory Group and its chair Anita Fagan, local councillors and staff. They have all worked together to transform the nature reserve and to see a mammal that is declining across the UK making its home here is great from a wildlife and conservation perspective”.
Anita Fagan, Chair of the Management Advisory Group said: “The group is delighted not only with this sighting but how the reserve has developed overall. It is a great example of how the local community and volunteers, local councillors, the Town Council, Natural Resources Wales and with grant aid from Welsh Government can all work together in a positive way to massively improve their local environment”.