There are strong communities to be found in many places. As well as our churches, our villages are places where community is found. Our schools are another strong example of community. It has been a privilege to be a part of these communities as the school and wider community of Croscombe have come together to support each other after the sad death of Lydia Oatley. In the midst of this very sad time there have been moments of light, seeing the staff care for each other and the children, also watching the children themselves looking out for each other.
It is at sad times like this that community counts, it cannot take away the sorrow and anguish felt by so many but such a community does both provide support and also become a place where people can just be together in pain and confusion.
For some, faith is something they turn to at times like these, for others they turn away. We cannot explain why tragedies happen, there is no reason, but as a community we can and do continue to support each other. That is the type of community that the first disciples were and the type of community we all want to live in and be part of.
Revd Chris Butler