Webs

Last night I slept with my window half-open; When I woke, dawn sunshine was lighting the room And I saw golden threads strung from window to frame. In one night a spider, working, in darkness, Had hung his home from the cliff of my window; When I opened it fully, the shining threads snapped. Windows […]

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More Reflections on Oberammergau

Anne Dawes, a visitor to our website, was interested to read the various comments submitted by pilgrims from our church after they visited Oberammergau in June.  Anne wrote that she had wanted to go to see the play for years, and that she was really excited about her forthcoming visit after reading our impessions.  She […]

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Our 98th Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday 18th July we celebrated the 98th birthday of our church.  Our morning worship was led by the Revd Roberta Rominger, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, who talked about the image we present to the outside world.  She spoke movingly of the commitment and outreach of many of our churches who are […]

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Finding God in the Commonplace

Our Bible Study and Prayer Evening on Thursday 15th July 2010 was yet another wonderful evening on Prayer.  Our Minister, Stephen Thornton, started the study with a sunflower, giving us many facts about it: some well known, some obscure.  He went on to say that there were many sermons in this flower, and gave us […]

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Memories of Oberammergau 2010 (Part 2)

Some more reflections from those who joined our recent pilgrimage to Oberammergau and the Austrian Alps: From Phyllis Woodfield: The journey to Oberammergau was something I had never expected to undertake.  It has been one of the most awe-inspiring things I have ever done.  I cannot find words to describe my feelings. I think that […]

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Our Non Conformist Ancestors

The online Ancestry site, ancestry.co.uk, recently announced that the first section of the ‘Non Conformist Registers’ had been put online.  These registers contain the birth, baptism, marriage and burial details of hundreds of thousands of people who refused to conform to the doctrines of the Church of England, and include the Congregationalist and Presbyterian forerunners […]

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East of the Sun and West of the Moon

East of the Sun and West of the Moon* Long ago in a Northern land A tale was invented and told: A tale with a luminous title, Key to dream-cities of gold. The story was soon forgotten But the title’s remembered still: It shines like a jewel in my mind, Able to conjure at will […]

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Labyrinth

Our Bible Study and Prayer Evening on Thursday 17th June 2010 focussed on the Prayer Labyrinth. This was my first experience of a Prayer Labyrinth, and I sincerely hope not my last.  Never have I experienced an evening of prayer like it. There were twenty stations marked out for us to follow in the church […]

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Memories of Oberammergau 2010 (Part 1)

“Towards the end of the thirty years war there was an outbreak of the plague in Bavaria. The elders of the village of Oberammergau, in an effort to protect their village, decided to seal it off from outside contact. However an itinerant worker returned, bringing the plague with him, and it swept through the village. […]

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