When we took control of the Administration of Harlow Council and Installed our first Chairman, one of the first things he did was appoint Rev Martin Harris, the Team Rector of St Paul’s Parish in the Town Centre, as the Council’s chaplain, to aid Councillors by being there to provide a Christian ethical and moral outlook.

I have to say that one of the pleasurable things about being Leader of the Council, is to meet up with Martin, about once a quarter, for a coffee or lunch but mainly just to chat about how things are going. Martin gives me a unique perspective on what is happening in the town and will often lobby (gently) for the things that the Christian community of the town feel are important. The conversation often ranges much further afield and this weekend he is able to share some information about how the recession may be hitting the over 50’s in Harlow particularly worse than others.

It’s also a good chance for me to catch up on some other projects, like the Street Pastors that have been such a success.

I think in the past in Harlow the Church and Council have hardly spoken. With the now Yearly civic service that we reintroduced and regular meetings with Martin, as well as a VERY active Workplace Chaplain in Robert Findlay I am proud to say that the link is being restored.

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