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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The Purpose of Prayer

Our May Bible Study continued to focus on Prayer and its meaning.  Led by our Minister, we started by considering our responses to three passages from Luke’s Gospel: 1.  Luke 4, 1-13 The complete silence of the wilderness encourages self-examination, ie working out who we are and what God wants us to do with our […]

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Pilots at Warwick Castle

On Saturday 15th May the Pilots Group from Fleet URC, together with other church friends and their families, travelled to Warwick to join other Pilots groups from all over Britain, to spend an exciting day at Warwick Castle. The day started and ended with a short act of worship, when we thought about our theme […]

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When Jesus Prayed

On Thursday 18 March our study group met to consider the topic of individual prayer.  We looked at three of the occasions on which Luke says that Jesus prayed: after his baptism, before choosing his disciples, and in the Garden of Gethsemane. We considered the questions: why did Jesus pray? and what difference did it […]

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The Power of Music

Music can help children to communicate and interact with those around them.  It can help them to relax and to express their emotions; and it can support children with severe emotional problems caused or compounded by the effects of war, poverty, neglect or abuse. Project Bethlehem Early last summer, the McCabe Educational Trust, together with […]

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