A message from The Rev’d Lyn McRostie, Rector of Northwood.

Posted by Admin on 25 September 2010, 12:00 am


As I compose this letter to you I’m doing it by hand because the power’s off today – all day. Since 8am this morning I’ve had no recourse to anything that needs electricity to work.

It’s been an interesting day; no computer, no microwave, no answer phone, no radio – the list goes on. I’m having to adapt to a different way of doing things, slower ways and I feel released from the relentless demands of a technology driven world.  Meanwhile, I’m smiling wryly as I remember the predictions of the late 20th century that electronics and new technology would release us from drudgery and give us more leisure time. If only!

By the way, do you realise (according to a recent BBC report) “There is now a generation who do not remember the world before the internet took off … someone born in 1992 will be 18 this year. In one way or another, their entire life has been lived online.” Many individuals spend more time online than they do with real people. That’s not healthy.

So, here’s an idea – why not have a technological Sabbath? The concept of the Sabbath is that 1 day in 7 should be a complete rest. Is there a way that we can reconnect with/recover that ancient practice of slowing down for 1 day a week, use as little technology as possible, focus on our actual relationships with people, focus on God, for this is a spiritual as well as an organizational thing. Discarding our technology for one day a week and doing things differently gives each of us the chance to engage differently with the world and to glory in all of God’s creation – a real world, not a virtual one.




Do you know of someone who would appreciate a visit by the church? Or would you, yourself, like to meet and talk with someone from the church? Please let Lyn know or contact one of the Churchwardens whose details are given in Northwood News and in the Parish Church Officers section of this website:

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We’re happy to meet with you, to bring communion to you if you cannot come to church – or to explore with you if you just want to know more about the Christian faith. We are always here for you – because that’s what we’re about!


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