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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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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Snowfall

After long weeks of rain and cloud there came A brilliant dawn, revealing sudden snow Which silently had fallen in the night. At my age snow is beautiful, but dread With fear of falls: shovelling too hard a task. That morning I set out to test the paths, Walking through dazzling snow and blinding sun, […]

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Transformed by the Bible

We joined together on the evening of Thursday 15 January for our first Bible Study of 2009.  It was also the first in our Vision4Life programme, in which (along with the rest of the URC) we are being encouraged to develop a more creative understanding of the Bible. Under the guidance of our Minister, Stephen Thornton, we read […]

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The Pilgrimage to Turkey, 7-17 October 2008

A Pilgrimage Based upon the ‘Letters to the Seven Churches’ When we received our travel itinerary from McCabe Pilgrimages, the names of the places we were to visit – Istanbul, Bosporus, Izmir, Pergamum, Ephesus – promised that our trip to Turkey would be both exotic and Biblical. Soon we were off to Istanbul, a city […]

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Winter Morning

Who can regard the sun? Its all-revealing rays Dazzle the eyes of those Who too directly gaze, Yet when the mist hung low, When moisture charged to air, The sun, a soft red ball, Muted, its glittering glare, Rose in the winter dawn. So, if we seek God’s face, We cannot see it plain; Its […]

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A Walk Round Fleet Pond

How luminous the hour! How much it did contain – Good fellowship and gain Of mental pictures bright; The chequered forest floor, Roof of translucent leaves Wherein the sunshine weaves The green and gold of fall; The ducks and swans at ease, The glitter on the lake, Sedges and reeds that shake, Sound of the […]

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Response to Dawkins

A Non-Scientist’s Response to Dawkins and Others Hear our modern simplifiers, Striving hard to make it plain, Ethics springs from evolution, Mind itself is only brain. In this hour when science triumphs – Electronic wizardry – What’s become of hope and purpose And the faith that sets us free? I am ignorant of science; Others […]

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