Category Archives: General

If I asked to lean on you

Dear Friends,

If I asked to lean on you many of you might say Im too old and fragile or I dont have the strength to take your weight. Ive got news for you because you are stronger than you thought: Im already leaning on you!

When we were younger we used to play a game of trust in which we would fall backwards to be caught by someone behind us and thats the real life situation we are in right now, however old or fragile you might feel. We are called to trust each other to catch us as we fall. (Please, dont try it for real now because I dont want anyone doing themselves serious harm!) What we have is a spiritual trust in each other that when we fall someone will be there to catch us or pick us up. CONTINUE READING ...

CRISIS IS A TIME OF OPPORTUNITY

Revd. John Sutcliffe was our guest preacher at the weekend by Zoom with the theme:

CRISIS IS A TIME OF OPPORTUNITY

(I am told that in China the word for crisis is the same as the word for opportunity. Perhaps Albert Einstein drew on that when he coined his saying, in the midst of every crisis lies great opportunity.’) CONTINUE READING ...

Ask and it will be given

Dear Friends,

Ask and it will be given to you;

seek and you will find

knock and the door will be opened to you

Matthew 7: 7

I have turned the clock back to my teenage years and am doing what I did then: knocking on doors praying one will open with a welcome. I remember some doors remaining closed when I knocked, others opened but quickly closed when I said what I was doing and a few opened with a warm welcome. That was the opportunity to do what I needed to do! CONTINUE READING ...

Footprints in the Snow

Dear Friends,

Inspired by a favourite poem of many I hope we can be encouraged to know that the Lord does more than walk with us in these difficult times, but carries us through the challenges of Covid lockdown. As I walked through the snow yesterday I was reminded that we are not on our own and the footprints are not ours, but those of the Lord who will carry us through. CONTINUE READING ...

In our hurry to get things done

Dear Friends,

In our hurry to get things done
we can get them so badly wrong
that they will never be undone
without the help of the Holy One!

Not the best of rhyming, but forgive me, please, because it was inspired by an experience of frustration and despair when I thought I had got something done but it was quickly undone when I did something wrong! CONTINUE READING ...

If only I may finish the race

Dear Friends,

If only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of Gods grace

Acts 20: 24

There is a race that will only be won when everyone has crossed the finishing line. There is nothing to shout about if you have a gold medal and everyone else is left behind! CONTINUE READING ...

WE ARE AN ECO CHURCH IN A RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD

Bronze Eco Award

Bronze Certificate by A ROCHA UK

WE ARE AN ECO CHURCH IN A RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD.

We haven’t been in training for long, but we have been awarded a Bronze Certificate by A ROCHA UK for our efforts to become an Eco Church and look after God’s creation. It is a wonderful start, but there is much more to be done and we pray more people will run with us into the future. CONTINUE READING ...

Do not change channels!

Dear Friends,

I thought I would have some down timeone afternoon during the week with some tv viewing when a programme presenter looked at me and told me not to change channels!

I am sure there were others who, like me, had only just tuned in to TBNUK, on channel 65, but it was as if she was speaking directly to me. Someone has just tuned in to the channel,she said. I want to encourage you not to change channels, but to stay with us!How could I do anything else? CONTINUE READING ...

Do whatever he tells you

Dear Friends,

Do whatever he tells you,his mother said to the servants

John 2: 5

If we did as we were told the world would be a different place, but we believe rules are for breaking and what a mess we are making!

Our hope, we are told, is in doing what we are told, but it only needs a few to break the rules to make hope seem so far away. CONTINUE READING ...

Our change of direction!

From Epiphany to Baptism:

Our change of direction!


Mark 1: 4-13

There is a hymn written by John Bell and Graham Maule that asks the question, “will you come and follow me if I but call your name?” and the last verse concludes with the reason: “Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me!” CONTINUE READING ...