Beautiful Countryside

We are surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the picturesque Fleet Pond nature reserve, the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire. Rabbits, swans, kingfishers, herons, geese, and a variety of other birds and animals may all be spotted here. See also Fleet’s Amazing Wildlife Sanctuary, The Story of Fleet Pond, Nurturing Our Heritage, and A Walk Round […]

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My Trip of a Lifetime

From 18th to 25th April I experienced and enjoyed God’s World in Sinai Egypt – trekking high into the Sinai and St Catherine protectorate each day for five days. High in the mountains there are wild donkeys and groups of Ibex goats.  I was fortunate enough to sight the bright blue lizard, the geeko lizard, […]

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Blessings

              After much rain and longing for the light Sadly I watched the sullen day begin. But God, who has unlooked-for gifts in store, Parted the heavy cloud banks with his breath Till, like great bergs, they moved majestically. Then the Eternal Artist dipped his brush, Laying a wash […]

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Remembering Him

Our New Testament Bible Study focussed on the story of the woman who anointed Jesus as he was dining with some friends. Without consulting our Bibles, and in small groups, we were invited to recall what we could of this story:  ie, what happens, who is involved etc.  When we came together to compare our […]

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Mary Looks Back

Mary stands near the cross, and remembers the past. Jesus as a Boy Those were happy times, Jesus.  Growing up in Nazareth.  With Dad always busy with his woodwork, making cradles and chairs and tables.  He was good with his hands, wasn’t he?  And you enjoyed doing what boys do – playing with your friends, […]

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A Poem for Easter

Easter Friday was dark with thunderstorms and showers, Saturday grey, with steady, ceaseless rain. But Sunday dawned to show a cloudless sky And the great sun, in beauty now unveiled, Dazzling the gaze of those who scarce had hoped To see such loveliness restored so soon: Recalling that first Easter long ago When Jesus crucified, […]

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How Would We Do?

Mystery visitors – none of whom attended church normally – were sent to 70 congregations across the country.  Around 90% said the church they visited had a tangible sense of community.  Over three quarters said they would be back.  And over half said they felt comfortable, involved and genuinely welcome. Churches were secretly judged on […]

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A Diamond in the Week!

Have you been to our Coffee Morning?          People of all ages come, from a few months to the high nineties; people from our congregation, other congregations, and no congregation.  And it’s a buzz of conversation.  Getting up to date with people; networking; caring; sharing; and so much laughter. Then, oh yes, […]

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Of Gravity and Other Forces

My sister Jill and I recently moved into a flat which has many pleasing features, and we have settled there very contentedly.  However nothing is perfect, and the flat presents two rather mystifying problems. Firstly, the power of gravity seems to have greatly increased since we came here.  Jill says that the frequency with which […]

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