Welcome to our website for the
Three Valleys Team Ministry
Everyone needs something or someone to believe in, whether it is the example of a person we would like to emulate or the worthiness of a cause that we might like to align ourselves with. It seems to be hard wired into the human psyche that everyone needs this kind of inspiration to function properly. Time and time again in our modern society this fact confronts us. Law and order gurus tell us that many young criminals have turned out the way they have because they have never had an adult figure they could trust to set them an example or been taught a set of values that they could aspire to. Time and again people in the public eye are encouraged to set a good example for their fans.
Surveys have shown that for many the cult of celebrity has usurped religion for moral guidance and people are more inclined to listen to the words of their favourite football star than they are to someone who might actually know. It has also been shown that ardent fans often falsely imbue their favourite celebrity with many of the good qualities previously associated with sainthood and they are often less likely to believe that their celebrity is capable of a crime, even in the face of the evidence and then somehow they judge them less harshly than they might judge someone close to them if they do fail in some way.
At this time of year as our thoughts inevitably come down to earth again after the Summer holidays and the successes of the Olympic Games something once said by a famous author - G K Chesterton. He said ‘When someone ceases to believe in God he (or she) does not believe in nothing but they believe in anything’. This is never truer that today and it is a bad place for a society to be.
What better thing is there to believe in than a God who cared so much about every single individual person no matter how high or lowly they are, that he came to share our life and in the end to die for us. Now that is something far more inspiring and well worth believing in.
I hope that you will find plenty of useful and interesting information in here.
The Reverend Tony Gilbert
Tony with his wife Nicola