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Remembrance100

Remembrance100

On 4 August 1918, the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war, King George V and Queen Mary joined members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords for a special service at the Church of Saint Margaret, Westminster. The King had asked that 4 August 1918 should be observed as a National Day of Prayer: 100 days later the war ended.

On 4 August 2018 churches across the country, across the spectrum of denominations, started 100 days of prayer, peace and reconciliation. We are calling this Remembrance 100

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Christian Meditation – an introduction

Christian Meditation – an introduction

Meditation can be incorporated into one’s daily life for its health benefits of reducing stress and producing a sense of well-being.

It is also a spiritual practice found in all religious traditions.

If you’re interested in finding out more then we warmly invite you to this free, six part series.

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I am the (gluten free) bread of life

I am the (gluten free) bread of life

We’ve heard about gluten intolerance but I think some people suffer from ‘church intolerance’. They may be very spiritually aware and seeking – but don’t come anywhere near a church. I believe there are parallels between the two conditions.

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How big is God?

How big is God?

Miracles are hard to believe, hard to understand and impossible to explain rationally.  We can’t explain them because, well because they are miracles and by their very nature defy natural and physical laws and go beyond our understanding: ‘far more than all we can ask or imagine’

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Our new sermon archive

Our new sermon archive

We have a new sermon archive section on the website! We’ll still add the sermons as posts to the home page but after a while they’ll get removed to give space for other new posts. So the archive allows us to keep the sermons accessible for longer.

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Mary Magdalen

Mary Magdalen

The main reason for remembering Mary Magdalen is her presence in the garden where Our Lord was buried; her recognition at last of the risen Jesus and her errand to tell the others of what had happened. Mary Magdalen, the apostle to the apostles and 1st witness to the Resurrection.

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John the Baptist beheaded

John the Baptist beheaded

So if it is true that royalty, sex and religion sell newspapers then if there had been a tabloid newspaper in Galilee in the first century, the events we heard about in our Gospel reading would certainly have made the headlines. Even without a newspaper, stories about that birthday party would have spread rapidly throughout the region. It is a sordid, shabby and shameful tale.

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Do you bear amazing messages?

Do you bear amazing messages?

There’s a novel called ‘Night flight’ and in it there’s this line: “In every crowd are certain persons who seem just like the rest, yet they bear amazing messages.” Amos was minding his own business when God interrupts him, taps him on the shoulder and makes him an offer he couldn’t refuse…

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I will sing to the Lord

I will sing to the Lord

Sunday @ Seven is led by Nigel Silvester and Cath Hilton. It’s an opportunity to sing and pray in a more informal setting than the usual Sunday and weekday church services. Please join us on August 19th for a chance to sing some of your favourite songs.

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July & August Magazine

July & August Magazine

Jesus took to the sea and to the hills when he needed time to rest, to reflect on his life’s journey. We all need to do that and if we are able to spend a little time in different surroundings it really does help our perspective on where we are at. It doesn’t have to be a fortnight sailing around the Mediterranean – a day or two on retreat at Formby can be just as rewarding.

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Bible readings for July

Bible readings for July

Here are the Bible readings for July. So if you can’t get to Church and want to follow the same scripture passages then here you go. Or if you just want to read up in advance for the Sunday to come, then please make use of below.

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Stand up – I will speak to you

Stand up – I will speak to you

Sunday @ Seven is led by Nigel Silvester and Cath Hilton. It’s an opportunity to sing and pray in a more informal setting than the usual Sunday and weekday church services.

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Sunday @ Seven: May 27th

Sunday @ Seven: May 27th

Sunday @ Seven is led by Nigel Silvester, our Authorised Lay Minister, and Cath Hilton. Plus anyone else they can ‘volunteer’ on the night. It’s an opportunity to sing and pray in a more informal setting than the usual Sunday and weekday church services.

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Recognize the possibilities – Thomas Merton

Recognize the possibilities – Thomas Merton

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”

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Being discerning

Being discerning

The cartoon below seemed appropriate as we think about what ‘being church’ means for us. We all have different callings. Some of that happens on a Sunday but mostly it’s what we do during the week that can make all the difference.

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