Parish of St Matthew the Apostle,
Douglas, Isle of Man

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The Manx Church Magazine - November 1937

My Dear People,

The winter's work is now in full swing and the organisations have all begun.

Our Patronal Festival, though small in numbers, was a happy time and it was a delight to welcome Father Japing again. The reunion had quite a Manx air about it. Father Japing thoroughly enjoyed himself, and was so very pleased to see many of his old friends. Our Harvest Festival was well observed, and the parish tea was well attended. We were grateful to Canon Kermode who preached on the Thursday, and also to the vicar of Maughold, who took the service and preached on the Sunday night to a full Church.

By the time this is in print, we shall have had the Church Union Festival, when Father Rowlands will have visited us.

I am very grateful to all of you who have backed me up in our opposition to the Divorce Bill now before the House of Keys, and especially to the Mothers' Union, every member of which signed the petition. It is a cause of surprise and great sadness to me that the clergy of the Island are so divided on the subject, for, after all, the Christian people of the Island look to us for a lead in the matter of moral principles and precepts. At a time when the Archbishop of Canterbury has given us a Recall to Religion, it is sad to think that the leaders of religion in the Island cannot give a clear and strong lead in something that affects so vitally the moral life of the Island. 'If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for the battle?'

Very sincerely yours,

L. C. Watson

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