Welcome to our website for the
Three Valleys Team Ministry
Human life is very strange because although we seem to live our lives in a straight direction through time, each moment following the next in regular succession, we don't in fact do so. It is easy for us to believe that we are always going forward always facing new challenges and changes, always leaving the old behind and facing the new be-cause life has a clear beginning and clear end. In fact things are not so simple. Although we do progress forward God has put a check on us by making us live in constant cycles. We honour and remember major events wedding anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, and many others that we find personally important. Even life itself is a constant cycle of birth, marriage, parenthood and death. The Earth itself shows the constant repetition of the seasons too.
In fact it is this cyclical nature to life that helps give our lives definition and meaning. Even in small things we live in cycles and they give shape and purpose to our lives. Regular letters from parents, girl or boy friends favourite TV programs, which we try to watch; the same Friday Night routine etc etc.
What I am saying is this. We cannot escape from the past. We are always recycling, it reusing it, and through it giving meaning and structure to our present.
Remembrance is about acknowledging that fact and welcoming it and trying to work within it. It is a continual return to certain focal points in life. Forgetfulness or deliberate ignorance is to deny our own existence.
We are what we are not because of what our past has made us but because of what we make of our past.
It is the same with countries and nations. We gather in churches or at memorials, representing the small part of our country we come from to acknowledge the past, to give thanks for the momentous events and to rework them into today’s experiences. With God as our guide we gather to return to a certain focal point in our national life and move on in hope.
I hope that you will find plenty of useful and interesting information in here.
The Reverend Tony Gilbert
Tony with his wife Nicola