Reader’s letters - Monday July 13, 2015

Libby Lane jokes with female clergy outside York Minster after being  consecrated as the Bishop of Stockport, the Church of England's first female bishop.
Libby Lane jokes with female clergy outside York Minster after being consecrated as the Bishop of Stockport, the Church of England's first female bishop.
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Women vital to Christianity

Having just read Females not called by God on the letters page (LEP June 9), I would like to make a few points:

In the Gospels, Jesus reached out to women with tenderness and compassion. He treated all women with dignity and respect.

Luke especially emphasises Jesus’ attitude towards women in His Gospel.

Without women, the early church would never have got off the ground.

They travelled with Jesus and the disciples, providing the environment, money, food and shelter that was needed at that time.

We can learn a great deal from Mary Magdalene’s life and witness.

Women were vital to Christ’s ministry then, as they are today.

He also relates to women as He created them, as equal reflections of God’s image.

Jesus appeared to her first after the resurrection. He entrusted her with this honour because of her complete trust and faith in Him. Where were the men?

Christians are all called to spread the love of God through the Gospel message, whether they be male or female.

It seems to be okay for women to do this, so long as it is not in the pulpit whilst wearing a dog collar.

On the Chorley and Leyland Methodist Circuit, we have some of the most amazing female ministers and local preachers, who have received a true calling from the Lord to bring His love into a world that so desperately needs His healing touch.

Jesus did not treat women as most people in his culture did, He treated them with dignity and as people of worth to be valued.

May be the world, especially Christians, need to take this on board, accepting and appreciating the role of women within the church as the evangelists’ Christ has called them to be and not just useful when it comes to cleaning, catering and running the Sunday School.

Bev Sharrock via email

What happened to pints of mild?

During adulthood (I am now 75 years young), I always used to enjoy a traditional pint of ‘mild beer’ Thwaites Lion (now gone).

Thwaites is still available, although most often breweries no longer have it.

A few clubs in the Preston area still stock it and I understand they will continue.

Bitter is full of chemicals.

I remember at one stage ‘best mild’ and traditional mild being sold and sold well in Preston.

About 12 months ago, I went into a Chorley pub, ‘mild’ was ordered but the person behind the bar had never heard of it. If any reader knows of the decline of dark chemical-free brew, I’d love to know.

Good luck to North End in a return to the Championship and great display at Wembley.

Brian Lockley, Preston

BBC computers a waste of cash

The news that the BBC is to give every Year 7 pupil a mini-computer is a stunning example of the way our so-called cash-strapped national broadcaster is wasting money which should be spent on producing more and better programmes on radio and television.

Anyway, since when has it been the job of the BBC to teach kids about computers?

Children need to be encouraged to add up and take away, speak and write English properly and have a sound knowledge of what it means to be British. They don’t need mini-computers.

Anyway by that age they’ve probably got more knowledge of technology than their parents – without the help of the BBC or anyone else.

Roll on my 75th birthday after which, with a bit of luck, I shan’t have to pay a licence fee to keep Broadcasting House supplied with those other essentials of W1A life – taramasalata sandwiches and folding bicycles.

Hugh Rogers, address supplied

Was it the Janis I once knew?

I recently attended a funeral at St Anne’s Church, Woodplumpton, (July 2) of a Mrs Janis Bakabia.

I was very saddened to learn of the passing of this lady, due to having attended St Anne’s Primary School together in the mid-1960s.

Indeed, I still have a photo of both of us dancing together at a garden party or church fete around 1964.

Our first teacher was the late and very lovely Miss Ward.

However, a lady stood up at the service to give a very dignified account of Janis’ life.

The lady seemed to suggest that Janis did not attend St Annes but somewhere else which made me think that I had made a mistake.

Would anyone be good enough, who perhaps attended the funeral or who knew Janis well throughout her life, to confirm that the lady that passed was indeed the lovely young girl that I still have fond memories of.

The Evening Post has my name, address and phone numbers.

G Karmansk, Preston

Army helping the homeless

Morecambe Homeless Action is holding its 21st annual meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, July 14), at West End Community Centre, Westminster Road, Morecambe.

Refreshments will be served at 7pm and the meeting will start at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Captain Mark who will explain the role of the Salvation Army in helping vulnerable people in Morecambe.

The group has held five executive committee meetings this year which have been well attended and would welcome more members.

Further information can

be obtained from 01524 423116.

Morecambe Homeless Action

Putting our side across

Thank you LEP for promptly printing Friends of the Earth’s response, No litter from anti-frackers (LEP July 9).

The opportunity to put our side of things is very much appreciated.

Mrs Dot Kelk, Central Lancs Friends of the Earth