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A rural Circuit, Banbury has fifteen churches, five based in the town itself.
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Holiday time is upon us. Holidays mean all sorts of things to different people. They can give a sense of carefree living, fun, happiness, rest and relaxation, or provide the time and opportunity to be adventurous and energetic. No matter how long or short a holiday is, it provides a break from the normal routines of life; the stresses of everyday living.
The world is a stressful place. There has been an increase in the number people who suffer with stress and depression; even young children are diagnosed with depression these days. Stress is caused by numerous things; specific events, ongoing difficult situations, pleasant and unpleasant situations, personal attitudes, external factors and of course, change.
Many years ago I wrote a paper on stress; looking at what stress is, its causes, how it is overcome and in amongst this I examined stress in the Bible. Cruden's Concordance does not contain the word stress, but this does not mean that in Biblical times there was no stress, just think of these few stories.
It is possible that Adam and Eve were stressed when they found that they were naked
and hurriedly made themselves clothes from fig leaves. The sense of disapproval
could have been felt because they disobeyed God's command. More was expected of
them than they could achieve. They could not live up to the Ideal. (Genesis 3:1-
The whole story of Job is a stressful experience. Calamity overwhelmed this man. He lost his possessions, his family and then he endured prolonged physical suffering. All of this shook his faith to the depths. To endure so much loss was incredible; it is surprising that he didn't have a complete nervous breakdown. Perhaps the skin condition/disease that inflicted him was the same as the skin rashes of today's symptoms for stress. (Job)
Surely Martha was stressed out with all the housework to do while Mary listened to
Jesus. We can imagine an argument between the two women with Martha getting uptight.
When Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane with his disciples prior to his arrest,
he took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee on ahead, so that he could pray. He must
have been extremely annoyed and angry to find that they slept. Three times he woke
them up. His arrest was imminent and he prayed "My Father, if it is not possible
for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done". He knew
God's will, but nevertheless was worried. (Matthew 26: 36-
Stress is not a new invention. It strikes everyone in different ways at different times and in differing depths. Being uptight, not being able to cope, being frustrated, irritable and angry are symptoms of being stressed out. The ways to overcome stress also vary, but time out for fun, fresh air, exercise and a break in routine are key ways to help.
So, the summer is upon us. School holidays will be here very shortly. Time off work and outings of varying sorts are in abundance. Take off the stresses of your everyday life, by doing something different. Enjoy these longer days, have a sense of carefree living and accept God's good gifts.
Marlborough Road -
Every Thursday 10.00 am Coffee Morning and 11.00 Circuit Communion
Every Friday 10.30 -
1st Saturday of the month 10.00 -
In our service we wrote pledges of what we can do to help others on stars and they were displayed in this way:
List of books in the Circuit Library, kept in the Marlborough Road foyer.
JOB OPPORTUNITY -
For one year, we are seeking an enthusiastic, caring person to join the Circuit Team and work alongside the Superintendent Minister in our central Banbury churches.