Notes from my message on Sunday: <to listen click here>
Whilst the focus of this message is on Abortion, we must first acknowledge the pain and anguish of those who have experienced miscarriage, still birth and infertility.
In 2012, 185122 legal abortions took place in England & Wales (872 abortions in Reading alone); that’s approx 550 every working day. In the USA the President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, recently said that the lives of her three kids “began when I delivered them ... and individual women need to come to a decision on when life begins.”
So when does life begin? We all need to come to a decision as to when life begins ... be that at Conception, Implantation, Viability or Birth. In essence we need to decide when does someone becomes a human being and therefore have a 'right to life'. When does a Bio-mass become a baby? When does a fertilised egg become a person? Is personhood dependent on size; level of development; their environment or dependency? The safest for the unborn person is to assume that their life begins at conception (Psalm 139v13+16, 51v5).
What about Contraception? Contraception stops fertilisation and can be grouped into Behaviour (i.e. Rhythm), Barrier (i.e. Condom) or Chemical (i.e. most Pills). Methods that affect fertilised eggs (Coil, Morning After Pill, Abortion) should not be used if you believe that life begins at conception/fertilisation.
What do we want to be known for? Do we want to be a community of safety & grace: A safe haven for the weak & vulnerable who have no voice or allies? A church family who welcome with compassion and forgiveness? Can we become a community who work to make abortion unthinkable as we care for mothers and their unborn children? Yes! We want to create a community where taking an innocent life is unthinkable and who confidently influence society to that end.
If you want to contact Reading lifeline their email is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to contact the Pastoral team at RFC their email is