The bread that divides?

A crisis situation like the one we are in at the moment can throw up the occasional bouncer, a theological issue that affects how we do church that we weren’t ready for. These issues can be controversial.  So we want to approach them carefully and with charity. We also need to be ready that inContinue reading “The bread that divides?”

Isolation and Communion (part 1)

One Cup? The practical questions for us have rumbled on for years. Traditionally our church followed the practice of passing round the bread first and letting people tear off a piece, then we pass round chalices, each person taking a sip before wiping the rim of the cup with a serviette.  Sharing in the oneContinue reading “Isolation and Communion (part 1)”

Food from around the world wide web

Friday 26/03/2020 30 Edifying things to watch whilst stuck at home – some recommended TV viewing, a lot of these are on Netflix Upbeat Songs for Quarantined Children – it’s the end of week one of home-schooling. How on earth are you coping. If you are looking for some suggestions to help the kids danceContinue reading “Food from around the world wide web”

“Everything you Need”

A talk from 2 Peter 1:1-4 Introduction Are you ready for what lies ahead? How are we going to cope? There are practical worries. Will we run out of toilet rolls and bread?  Will we continue to be paid if  there is no work? Will we be physically safe from the virus. Then there areContinue reading ““Everything you Need””

Summer Is Coming

Summer and Winter Apparently in Game of Thrones, the Stark family have a saying “Winter is Coming.” It is a chill warning of dark and dangerous days ahead.  I have started using the hashtag #SummerIsComing on social media. Why?  Well, it feels very much like we are in the dark nights of winter as weContinue reading “Summer Is Coming”

"I don't want you to panic …. I want you to think."

“I don’t want you to panic, I want you to think.” Those words are striking, they come from a young German activist who has taken an opposing position to Greta Thunberg. I quoted her in my first video chat “Don’t Worry.”   Whatever your position on climate change and whether you agree with either viewContinue reading “"I don't want you to panic …. I want you to think."”

"I don't just want you to survive…"

Here is our latest vlog. We are trying to provide both written and audio/visual content. In today’s video, we look at Psalm 29 and ask the question “Is it possible to do more than just survive a crisis?” I am grateful to some of our asylum seeker church family who have taught me much aboutContinue reading “"I don't just want you to survive…"”

For such a time as this

Jews have just celebrated the festival of Purim where they mark and remember the  story of Esther, the  Queen used by God to deliver her people from Genocide.  The book of Esther is set during the exile of God’s people in Persia. King Ahasuerus has a falling out with his wife, Vashti the Queen. DrunkenlyContinue reading “For such a time as this”

There is more than one way to die

One of the oldest military tricks in the book is to give the appearance that the attacking army is concentrated in one place. Whilst those defending focus all their attention on where the attack is coming from, the enemy sneaks round the back. There is more than one way to die.  Coronavirus has sadly ledContinue reading “There is more than one way to die”

On Listening to Experts and having your say

Don’t panic …listen to the right people The internet is not a great place to be at the moment if you struggle with anxiety, nor if you are looking for reliable information and advice. Timelines are full of people sharing their ‘expertise’ on Coronavirus.  Their opinions range from the “We should panic, the Government isn’tContinue reading “On Listening to Experts and having your say”