First, there was A Country Parish, which I never watched, or even knew about, set in a Wiltshire parish. Then came A Seaside Parish set in Boscastle in Cornwall, which I watched (if you’ll pardon the pun) religiously. I enjoyed it a lot, seeing how the local vicar helps to bind a community together. Sure, I’m pagan, but it didn’t stop this programme being of interest to me. I was especially interested to see the work of Bishop Bill which came to the forefront in the second series.
From the second series of A Seaside Parish, were were moved on to the Scilly Isles and An Island Parish – which was even more fascinating? How to cope with churches on various islands, which can be inaccessible in stormy weather. And, what a community the Scilly Isles has in place; marvellous, inventive types. It even branched out into other churches, including the life and times of the Methodist preacher in the last series.
However, this series of An Island Parish ended just before Christmas. So, what next?
If I could make make a suggestion: A Highland Parish, set somewhere in the Highlands of Scotland, or, for something a bit different, A City Parish? How does a vicar pull together such disparate types as found in a city into a community? With church attendance on the decline, how do they tackle the problem?
The only downside to these programmes appears to be the deluge of requests for help the various ministers receive from fans of the programmes, which makes me wonder why the parishoners don’t turn to their own parish vicars? Were any of these requests forwarded on to the local parish for pastoral care?
It seems odd that the allusion of the famous being “better” than others has infiltrated the realms of religion. Actually, its rather shameful. I feel for the regular parish priests/pastors who struggle to keep their flocks together. Then again, thinks aren’t that much differnet in the pagan world; everyone scrambling for the attention of the latest guru.