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READING CIRCLE

The Reading Circle meets every two months - on a weekday evening. Members read the same book and discuss it. The books are nominated by people in turn and can be of a religious theme or on a subject that can provoke discussion relating to our Christian beliefs.

If you are interested in being part of this group please contact the Church Office.

We met in October to discuss The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

Book coverThe book charts the story of two sisters, Kitty and Esme , children of wealthy British parents, whose early lives were spent in colonised India, looked after by native Ayahs until the death of their baby brother Hugo. The child contracted and died of Typhoid as did his Ayah and the family then returned to Scotland. The parents refuse to talk about Hugo or the unsettling circumstances of his death, and do not allow Esme to.

Kitty the elder sister is conventional and follows the rules of conduct expected by their tier of society at that time, whereas Esme is a free spirited child, an original thinker who does not enjoy the protocols and expectations placed on her by society and her parents.
Esme is clever, well read and because of her unwillingness to participate in society, her family is embarrassed by her and angry with her. Following a few incidences when she does not follow society’s rules, her family get her assessed and with the help of untruths, commit her to a life in a mental institution/asylum in the 1930s. Esme’s parents do not seem to care about her fate and none of them sought to rescue her. Esme herself was unable to convince the staff at the institution that she was not suffering from mental illness.
Many, many years later a young, clever and slightly eccentric young lady Iris Lockhart is contacted by the authorities of the institution and told that as the place has to be closed, she as a relative has to decide what is to be done with Esme. Iris has never heard of Esme and her mother denies any knowledge of her. The story develops further and exposes themes of loss, isolation, neglect, cruelty and betrayal but also endurance, self worth, love and nurture.
The book is written out of chronological order and is narrated by different voices and is without succinct chapters. This added to the interest and enhanced the unravelling of the story.
During our discussion, we felt this was a great work of fiction based on important times in the society of our country, which we now look back on and often criticise. There is no mention of faith or church and its relationship with those caught up in desperate plights like Esme.

Our next book will be Man and Boy by Tony Parsons.


FOOTBALL & FELLOWSHIP

A couple of times a month a small group of friends from WMC play football as a way to enjoy fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ over sport.   We begin with a small prayer and maybe a gospel message before a 5-aside game lasting an hour. At the moment we are playing about twice a month although this may become more regular depending on people's availability.  You are welcome to join regardless of talent as the more the merrier.  We are hoping that in time we may be able to develop this into an opportunity for outreach.