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Meeting in the church hall following the closure of the church building

The Enlightened One

Bible Text: John 4:5-42 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Lent | Let’s shine some light on our truly remarkable,…

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Let’s shine some light on our truly remarkable, though very long, Gospel reading. First, some facts: This is the longest recorded conversation in John’s Gospel. It's the first time in…
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In the Beginning

Bible Text: Genesis 1:1-2:3 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Epiphany | Here are the opening verses of Genesis from…

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Here are the opening verses of Genesis from The Message: ‘First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness,…
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Body language of God

Bible Text: Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Advent | Happy Christmas! Though according to the…

Sunday, December 22, 2019
Happy Christmas! Though according to the Church that’s humbug since officially ‘Christmas’ doesn’t start till Christmas Eve. However, I wager that Ian & Ann’s house is already substantially decorated inside…
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Frisky & frolicking

Bible Text: Malachi 4:1-2a, 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12, Luke 21:5-19 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: After Pentecost | I have…

Sunday, November 17, 2019
I have to warn you about something. I’m going to try something risky today... So, those in the front row may want to move back a little. I have 3…
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The slave girl and Naaman

Bible Text: 2 Kings 5:1-3,7-15, Luke 17:11-19 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: After Pentecost | ‘The slave girl and…

Sunday, October 13, 2019
'The slave girl and Naaman' started and finished with a reading of the reflection by Katherine HawkerSelf which is at the foot of this post. I have psoriasis quite badly…
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Moses and the Goldfish

Bible Text: Exodus 32:7-14 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: After Pentecost | I wouldn’t normally play with my phone…

Sunday, September 15, 2019
I wouldn’t normally play with my phone during a talk or sermon, least of all if I’m the one delivering it! But I’m going to throw some numbers at you…
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You gotta have faith

Bible Text: Hebrews 11:29-12:2 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: After Pentecost | My Mum’s family were very keen on…

Sunday, August 18, 2019
My Mum’s family were very keen on taking and keeping photos. Her Dad wasn’t the greatest photographer though and most of them have the top of the heads chopped off,…
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What kind of people do you want to be?

Bible Text: Deuteronomy 30:9-14, Luke 10:25-37 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: After Trinity | It’s July 14th. Bastille Day…

Sunday, July 14, 2019
It’s July 14th. Bastille Day in France. So, vive la France! Bastille Day was first celebrated in 1790, a year after the storming of the Bastille, and its aim was…
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Paul & Silas – the TV Soap

Bible Text: Acts 16:16-34 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Easter | Our reading from Acts 16 tells us that…

Sunday, June 2, 2019
Our reading from Acts 16 tells us that if you’re looking for a quiet life then the very last thing you want to do is to go to a prayer…
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Blowing the doors off

Bible Text: John 12:1-8 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Lent | Fragrance has deep significance for us. It’s supposed…

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Fragrance has deep significance for us. It’s supposed to be one of the best memory triggers. Even years on, a certain aroma can take us back to a particular time…
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Count the stars

Bible Text: Genesis 15:1-12,17-18 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Lent | The heavy rain here over the last few…

Sunday, March 17, 2019
The heavy rain here over the last few days reminded me of the story of Noah. If you recall, God said to Noah: I’ve had enough of the violence and…
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The axe woman cometh

Bible Text: Jeremiah 17: 5-10 | Preacher: Ian Banks | Series: Epiphany | My wife has a thing about trees…

Sunday, February 17, 2019
My wife has a thing about trees - and not in a good way if you’re a tree. When I said I was talking about trees today she said “Shall…
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