Welcome to our website for the
Three Valleys Team Ministry
In my career I have been lucky enough to study as a residential student at both a conventional University College and a Theological College. Quite often people ask me what I thought the difference between the two was. I think that sometimes there is a sub-text in that question where the questioner is making an assumption that students at a Theological college should in some overt way somehow be holier than those at a conventional one. My normal response is that there is very little difference between the two. The students at both colleges got up to the same kind of pranks, had the same kinds of relationship issues and worried about their course work in the same sort of ways and so on. The most important exception I would add was that at Theological College the students did generally seem much more concerned for the welfare of each other, spiritual and physical – not just their particular friends but of everyone. The students were much more ready to apologise if they thought hurt had been caused by their actions and they would quickly be proactive in helping others who were seen to be struggling in some way.
My point is that being a Christian does not necessarily change who you are. Much more it lets who you are flourish. God does not take away your sense of humour or stop the day to day worries and concerns that we all have but He does give you a way of dealing with life that enhances both yourself and those around you. Being a Christian is not about displaying some overt signs of piety or about pretending to be what you are not but as Jesus said it is about ‘living life and living it more abundantly’
Something perhaps we should all meditate on during Lent.
I hope that you will find plenty of useful
and interesting information in here.
The Reverend Tony Gilbert
Tony with his wife Nicola