open group

Open Group in Autumn

As the name of the group suggests the evening is open to all. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month. It starts at 7.30pm and normally lasts just over an hour with a brew and a chat at the end.

One of the sessions is a Craft Night, hence the photo above. But most evenings are listening to speakers, either visitors or people from our own congregation.

If you’ve not been before, go on, give it a try!

sunday@seven then sings my soul

Then sings my soul

Our next Sunday@Seven service will be on September 30th. The theme is ‘Then sings my soul’.

This is our (slightly delayed) chance to sing some of your favourite hymns, songs and choruses. Nigel already has a very full list but please let him know in advance of any special requests.

This time we’ll be in The Barritt Room at St John with St Mark. And yes, surprisingly, it starts at 7pm.

sermon ralph mallinson

Immortality and Eternal Life

Immortality & eternal life might seem to mean the same thing, but they don’t – even tho’ they both describe something that won’t ever end.  What matters is to look at the start of what they describe rather than the end.  An immortal person – Elvis Presley, Winston Churchill, Cilla Black – didn’t always exist; they had a beginning. At the end of their life they died, but they live on – are immortal – in the hearts and minds of those who love & remember them.

But an eternal person always existed – there never was a time when God didn’t exist, there never will be a time when God won’t exist. God is the eternal I am. 

September Magazine 2018

September Magazine

Creation Season runs from September 1st, the start of the Orthodox year, through to St Francis day on October 4th.

Churches and congregations are called to pay special attention to the responsibility of humanity for the Earth and for all that lives upon it.

Its start and end dates reflect that it is a shared idea between Western and Eastern Christianity.

Rublev icon

Are you an icon?

This icon, ‘written’ by Andrei Rublev, is a familiar one to many. It’s often used on Trinity Sunday to explain the relationship between God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

As a picture from the scene in Genesis of Abraham and Sarah entertaining the 3 strangers it’s also a reminder to be hospitable.

I’m struck by something else though. Something which I hadn’t appreciated about the icon until recently. It regards the very nature and condition of the icon itself and what it says both to us and about us. But you’ll need to read on…

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