Are you a Christmas child or Easter adult?

Dear Friends,

Are you a Christmas child or Easter adult?

As children we do as we are told — more or less! — but when we mature into adulthood we choose what we want to do!

That is what separates Easter and Christmas — and identifies the men from the boys and girls from the women. In between we experience the transition from childhood to adulthood. CONTINUE READING ...

Happy Easter!


Christ has risen

Love is living

so today we sing:

Hallelujah, praise God!

we celebrate new life with Jesus!

Leave your old clothes behind!

Read: John 20: 1-10

If we are expecting everything to return to “normal” I suggest we haven’t experienced Easter in our lives! The world wasn’t the same after Jesus rose from the dead and normal service isn’t meant to resume today. It’s a NEW life we celebrate! CONTINUE READING ...

Washing feet before breaking bread

Dear Friends,

This cross has been a special memory for more than 30 years since it was given to me by a resident in a hostel for homeless young people I was managing in Birmingham. He made it from matchsticks as a thank you for showing him so much love and support and myself and Virginia want to say thank you for your prayers as we have walked together through challenging times and now look forward with hope for the future. CONTINUE READING ...

Love is the greatest Manager

Dear Friends,

Love is the greatest Manager

but how patient are the crowd?

I have read in the papers and heard on the news that there is some discontent in the changing rooms at Tottenham Hotspurs and the mood of the crowd has changed.

I am sorry to use a footballing analogy as we approach Easter for those who dont follow the game, but, I am sure, even you have heard of Jose Mourinho! He, so it was said, was to be the saviourof the football club and bring them the glory they wanted. Everyone loved him when he arrived and sang his praises as the king of football!Well, at least a large crowd of Tottenham supporters did as they waved their scarves because they believed he was going to deliver the great promise of success at last. Others had their doubts. Jose was the man for the moment though because something had to change! CONTINUE READING ...

How far will we go this week?

Dear Friends,

How far will we go this week?

They dont seem to have anything to show for it, but some people are stronger, wealthier and wiser than they have ever been and have less than most of us. They can have nothing, but be happier than us who have everything. They have a spiritual health and wealth that we envy. CONTINUE READING ...

Everything changes…

Everything changes…

Revd. Andrew Mann-Ray

Read: Matthew 21: 1-11

One of the great challenges with a reading like Matthew 21 is how well we know it. Along with the other 3 gospels Matthew tells us the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and for those of us who have heard this story many times before, we will probably be able to tell others the reason why he does this. This is the moment when God’s salvation plan reaches its climax and the hearers of this story are left in no doubt that Jesus is coming as a king to establish God’s reign on earth and to transform the earth to the desire and design of God’s heart. Jesus comes into the heart and seat of earthly power, to challenge its beliefs and assumptions, and in so doing to turn power on its head. CONTINUE READING ...

The Wilderness

Dear Friends,

ONE day I was surrounded by desert sand, then at night it rained and in the morning I looked onto a carpet of colour. When I woke up I was in the same place as the night before, but it looked so different. Thats what God can do!

The wilderness is a place most of us will probably say we dont want to go, but it is the place we must be. It is the place where only a few people live, but it is the place where God is an ever present provider for those who trust. CONTINUE READING ...

The Giant with the whole world in his hands

   

Dear Friends,

The Giant with the whole world in his hands

God is the Giant of our lives who holds the whole world in his hands and wants us to be as BIG as Jesus in what we can do. With the biggest heart, the longest arms and the best vision everyone is loved, embraced and seen by God. No hiding in the garden or under a bushel God forgives and wants YOU to be a shining light to the world. CONTINUE READING ...