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Inviting Christmas

Ministers' letters

It’s Advent season, according to the traditional church calendar. Advent means “arrival” or “coming”. The Advent season is where we celebrate Christ’s first coming – his coming into human flesh – at Christmas, and prepare for his second coming – to judge the world and take his people home – at the end of the…

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Study Leave Reflections

Ministers' letters

I recently had the privilege of taking study leave. During that time I attended two conferences. The first was for the Evangelical Theological Society and the other was for the Society of Biblical Literature. Both societies, which are made of biblical and theological scholars as well as students and pastors, seek to foster scholarship of…

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November Mission & Parish Council Update

Church Governance, Missions

Mission Update – CMS In December, Mission of the Month giving is directed towards the Church Missionary Society (CMS). Through them we support Mal & Charissa Forrest at the international Anglican Church in Amman, Jordan; D & L (with M) in East Asia; and now S & K (with J), soon to go to gospel-zero…

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Quiet Time Hymns

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  Recently Sandy mentioned the value that hymns have in our worship services and a friend reminded me of Paul’s instructions in Ephesians to include them in our worship times. Have you ever thought of using them in your daily Quiet Times? Our Quiet Times really are, or should include worship times. For some time now…

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Global Mindedness

Ministers' letters

In my Minister’s Letters this year, I’m unpacking the “Values” in St Michael’s “Vision 2020” statement. Here’s the eighth on the list of things we value: Globally-minded Christians, connecting with all classes, ages and cultures. Leviticus 19:15 says, “do not show partiality to the poor or favouritism to the great”. The Proverbs (23:22) remind us,…

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Encouragement

Ministers' letters

How have you been encouraged in your faith, your walk with Jesus, in recent times? It is important to be encouraged to keep going in the Christian life, which can often be quite hard and a struggle. Whilst on long service leave earlier in the year, I spent some time reflecting on the idea of…

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October Mission & Parish Council Update

Church Governance, Missions

Mission Update – Anglican Youthworks In November, Mission of the Month giving is devoted to Anglican Youthworks. It’s the 20th anniversary of Youthworks being established by the amalgamation of previous agencies. In that time, SRE curriculum and teacher accreditation has been massively upgraded, new conference and camping sites have been added, and the Year 13…

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Teaching the Nations

Ministries, View from the pew

Imaginez vivre dans un pays où vous ne pouviez pas comprendre la langue. Même les tâches quotidiennes deviendraient une vraie corvée. If you didn’t understand the first two sentences, chances are you don’t speak French! Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a place where you don’t understand the language? Even…

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Review: Families Equip Parenting Course

Events, View from the pew

For five Mondays in July and August, Jon and I attended the Families Equip Parenting Course. We thought it was so good! The course was written and presented by lay ministry couple, Kate and Ian Pearse, and is endorsed by Mother’s Union. Kate and Ian brought with them a humble, considered framework for approaching parenting…

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Loving Community

Community, Ministers' letters

In my Minister’s Letters this year, I’m unpacking the “Values” in St Michael’s “Vision 2020” statement. Here’s the seventh on the list of things we value: Loving church communities of contentment and sacrifice, which care for the vulnerable. Alongside the 4th – “prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit” – this one on community is the…

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