Keith…. an update.
Keith moved from the bespoke 14th century ecclesiastical accommodation to the more rugged contemporary setting of a temporary porto-cabin. This particular ‘feature’, sitting as it does outside one of our chocolate box churches, is the scourge of brides to be and their mothers – so much so that a reduction on the marriage fee has been negotiated to ‘accommodate’ their (understandable) distaste.
Nor, seemingly, did ‘Porto-del-Cabin’ work for Keith. He only stayed for one night. However, the night Keith did stay all his earthly possessions were neatly laid out and he made that portocabin really quite homely… Keith the rough sleeper….. Keith the home maker….
So we lost Keith for a few days only to track him down through the great work of ‘The Glass House’ – the Chichester Stone Pillow Hub – who were looking after him through the daytime. They open first thing in the morning and they close at 5pm. So, at 5pm each day this week Keith, having been fed, watered and bathed, goes back out onto the streets of our Cathedral City.
Now he could come back to ‘Porto-del-Cabin’ but it’s complicated…. You see Keith has very pronounced mental health needs – needs recognised by those in authority and well documented. The problem is that until he does something serious enough to trigger a 136 Section (see ‘Google’) no ‘agency’ can intervene. And if he’s tucked up in our porto-cabin then it’s even less likely that there will be the intervention Keith desperately needs.
It’s the classic ‘catch 22’ situation faced by too many. We know what needs to happen but until something happens nothing can happen…. but we may soon read about that ‘happening’ in the Observer. Let’s hope, and pray, that we don’t – for Keith’s sake and for the sake of those put at real risk by his profound needs.
It makes you ask the question ‘Who is tough love tough on’?
O God, forasmuch as without you we are not able to please: mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
We continue to pray for:
Conor Jones, Ian Gray and family, Carole Richardson, Baby Clemmie, Elisabeth Ropner, Janet & David Drake, Peter Barnett and Snowdrop.
And those who have recently died and their loved ones.
Anthony Rigby, Geoffrey Dove, Robert Shippam and Patricia Cross
If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Alistair Ghinn’s sermon theme will be “Could you object to God showing mercy and compassion?” At West Wittering (9.30) Annette Stickley’s sermon theme will be ‘The banner of the Lord’s truth.` at 11.00 Alistair Ghinn’s sermon theme will be “Jonah’s gut instincts”. At Itchenor (11.00) Jim Mould’s sermon theme will be ‘Taxing times’
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
There will be 8.00 BCP Holy Communion at West Wittering and Birdham.
There will be Evensong at West Wittering at 6.00.
Wednesday 25th October 10.00 Commemoration of Simon & Jude the Apostles HC at West Wittering
Morning Prayer at Birdham on Tuesday 24th October at 9.00 has been cancelled.
The Parish Office is closed next week for annual leave and therefore there will be no Newsletter for Sunday 29th November.
Sunday 22nd October – Trinity 19
Isaiah 45. 1-7; 1 Thessalonians 1. 1-10; Matthew 22. 15-22
Ephesians 4. 17-end; Matthew 9. 1-8
Proverbs 4. 1-18; 1 John 3. 16-4.6
Sunday 29th October – Bible Sunday
Nehemiah 8. 1-4a (5-6), 8-12; Colossians 3. 12-17; Matthew 24. 30-35
Ephesians 5. 15-21; Matthew 22. 1-4
Isaiah 55. 1-11; Luke 4. 14-30
Sunday 5th November – 4th Sunday before Advent
Micah 3. 5-end; 1 Thessalonians 2. 9-13; Matthew 24. 1-14
Ephesians 6. 10-20; John 4. 46b-end
Daniel 7. 1-18; Luke 6. 17-31