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Something to crow about

News St Martin – Talking Points

Sunday 4 August 2013

Our new neighbour on the fourth plinth is very striking.

The artist Katharina Fritsch says of the blue cockerel ‘Hahn’ that it is intended to symbolise regeneration, awakening and strength.  Boris Johnson at its unveiling last week said that he thought it seemed to be a very confident sort of bird; “I think that in some way it expresses something about our city and the general mood of confidence that I detect since the Olympics.”  It’s also a provocative statement in the face of male power around the Square.  It replaces the bronze boy on a rocking horse, ‘Powerless Structures’ and will be with us for the next 18 months.

The Diocese of London’s vision over the next 7 years Capital Vision, has as its strap line: Confident, Compassionate, Creative.  It is a challenge for the church to be more confident in speaking and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, more compassionate in serving communities with the love of God the Father, and more creative in reaching new people and places in the power of the Spirit.

In the recent Beyond Sundays report it’s estimated that “staff and over 10,000 volunteers in the church contribute £33m across London in over 1,000 community projects, that benefit 200,000 Londoners each year.  It hosts the majority of these projects in its own buildings and raises £17m a year to carry out these initiatives.”   At a time of increasing poverty and inequality in our cities, our churches are offering practical, emotional and spiritual support in our communities and tackling issues of social justice and St Martin’s plays its own part in that.

We can be confident if we know that we are meeting a real need and if we are called to do that through the transforming love of Christ.  Then that’s something to give thanks for and crow about…

Revd Katherine Hedderly