Rev Guest: Today's children, tomorrow's stars

Rev John Guest

Rev John Guest

First published in News

IN his new fortnightly column, the Rev JOHN GUEST, the rector of St Margaret’s, Stanford-le- Hope, takes a look at local issues and muses on the lessons we might learn.

I SEE Rylan is Grayson Perry’s choice for one of his subjects at the “Who Are You” exhibition in the autumn. Local councillor, James Halden, expresses wry surprise that “not more of my constituents are in the National Portrait Gallery”.

When Rylan was growing up in my parish and struggling through school, neither his mum, his teachers, nor even his friends, imagined how famous he’d become. It was tough being ginger and gay, he says, and he was often bullied. But now look at him.

The child you were does not imagine the adult you will become and our local schoolchildren going into the long summer break have no idea what the future holds. I often smile to myself as I ask them in assembly what they hope to be.

A few weeks ago, they asked me to chair a council group that oversees the development of our children’s religious education, the values and beliefs that each of them holds.

Thurrock Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (Sacre) meets to advise on matters relating to religious education and collective worship.

What we believe and who we worship is really important, even when we are children, and can make a great difference to the adults we become. I’m not sure if Rylan is religious, but I do know you don’t achieve what he has without determination and hard work.

The child you were now knows the adult you’ve become and hopefully can appreciate what it was to be guided through school and assembly. We won’t all be famous but we can all make a difference.

Let’s do all we can to ensure today’s kids become tomorrow’s stars!

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3:17pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

Delete religious columns. If people want this propaganda they can go to Church on Sundays and listen to the fairy stories...

And there should be no religion in schools. Ever.
Delete religious columns. If people want this propaganda they can go to Church on Sundays and listen to the fairy stories... And there should be no religion in schools. Ever. Jack222
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6:35am Mon 4 Aug 14

Mick P says...

If your looking at rylan as a roll model then there's not much hope is there
If your looking at rylan as a roll model then there's not much hope is there Mick P
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10:28am Mon 4 Aug 14

I-say-you-say says...

I don't practice a religion but John has been a big part of my life growing up and I know that if there was ever a problem, he would always be there. He is not a "pushy reverend" and is (although I am scared of them) a registered clown who brightens up most children when he is out as GOF!

If you don't want religion in your life, don't read the stories about it, don't go to church, but don't tar everyone with your close minded views! Religion isn't all about "fairy stories", it's about creating a positive place for people, a community, friends and a secondary family which John has done and continues to do in Stanford le Hope!

As for Rylan being a rolE (not roll) model, a young lad who has come from nothing to everything he ever wanted to be all through putting himself out there and working hard I believe is an excelletn role model!

Much better than the scumbags who never do a day's work in their lives and sit living off the taxpayers hard earned money claiming benefits except for when they're out thieving to fund their drink and drug habits putting themselves into early graves!
I don't practice a religion but John has been a big part of my life growing up and I know that if there was ever a problem, he would always be there. He is not a "pushy reverend" and is (although I am scared of them) a registered clown who brightens up most children when he is out as GOF! If you don't want religion in your life, don't read the stories about it, don't go to church, but don't tar everyone with your close minded views! Religion isn't all about "fairy stories", it's about creating a positive place for people, a community, friends and a secondary family which John has done and continues to do in Stanford le Hope! As for Rylan being a rolE (not roll) model, a young lad who has come from nothing to everything he ever wanted to be all through putting himself out there and working hard I believe is an excelletn role model! Much better than the scumbags who never do a day's work in their lives and sit living off the taxpayers hard earned money claiming benefits except for when they're out thieving to fund their drink and drug habits putting themselves into early graves! I-say-you-say
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10:49am Mon 4 Aug 14

OckendonPaul says...

It might have been tough growing up gay, but once you're in showbiz it's pretty much compulsory!
It might have been tough growing up gay, but once you're in showbiz it's pretty much compulsory! OckendonPaul
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