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Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  November 17th 2019  Action for Children

This week, we are making money for “Action for Children”.  This charity started out under Waterloo Bridge in London in 1869.  Two boys, Fred and George were hiding under the bridge rather than going into the workhouse, which was compassionate Christianity’s answer to poverty in those days.  Husbands and wives in different buildings never to [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor 10th November 2019 Remembrance Day

Celebrate your liberty, Hard-won by now-dead heroes, Mourned by friends and fam’ly. They heard the call and chose To go, or had no choice, No option and no voice.   Celebrate your liberty, Wear fashions made by women Working hard in factories In China, Bangladesh, and Yemen Just to feed their children, Envying you on [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  November 3rd  2019  Zacchaeus

Luke 19 begins with the story of Zacchaeus which we perhaps know well.  However, Eugene Patterson, in his translation, The Message, corrects an impression propagated by many other translations of the Bible, which have inherited a wrong tense for one of the Hebrew verbs.  It is very easy to do this;  following someone else’s mistake.  [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  October 27th 2019: Jury Service

I am on Jury service this week.  People coming to court, charged with offences, need Justice.  To ensure Justice as far as possible, there are rules governing what Jurors can and cannot do, and what they can and cannot say to each other, to their families, and especially in blogs like this.  What I can [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  October 13th 2019: Patriots and Nationalists

Jeremiah (chapter 29) had no time for national borders:  “Make yourselves at home there and work for the country’s welfare.  Pray for Babylon’s well-being.  If things go well for Babylon, things will go well for you.”  As far as he was concerned, we should blossom where we are planted, whether in our ancestral country or [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  September 15th  2019  Forgiveness

If there is nothing in your past that makes you feel ashamed, save yourself some time and stop reading right now.  This is a reflection for sinners only.  In the first chapter of the first letter to Timothy, Paul says:  “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof—Public Sinner Number One—of someone [...]

Church Membership

Church Membership Our Church currently has 172 Members and has regular contact with over 1150 friends - between us we represent a wide range of beliefs.  In 2018 we admitted another eight new members We are a congregation united by our mission statement: Loving God, Loving People, Loving the World. We're a growing Church Community [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  September 8th  2019:  The Potter

Jeremiah 18:1-4  God told Jeremiah, …”Go to the potter’s house…So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel.  Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly…the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot”.  Let’s look [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  September 1st 2019  Lending and Giving

A 2014 study from Wells Fargo revealed that the most challenging topic to discuss with others is personal finances (44%);  whereas death (38%), politics (35%), religion (32%), taxes (21%), and personal health (20%) rank as less difficult.  We don’t like talking about money.  We don’t like knowing how much money our friends earn or have [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  August 25th 2019:  Catastrophe!

Jesus was certainly a thorn in the side of the religious establishment.  Today’s lectionary includes Luke 13:10-17, in which Jesus engages in a furious exchange with the leader of worship about what should and should not take place on the Sabbath.  His words are not placatory:  “You frauds! Each Sabbath every one of you regularly [...]