Nurturing Our Heritage

God has given us glorious gifts in nature, but we have to learn how to nurture and conserve our heritage.  We neglect or abuse the natural world at our peril. This may seem to be a contemporary issue that we are just beginning to grapple with, but as long ago as 1976 a group of […]

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Gifts Galore!!!

Many congregations these days are suffering because of a dearth of practical gifts available from the people.  When asked in Church Membership classes what their gift is, folk often say they haven’t got one. So at Church Meeting we had a look at Paul’s first letter to the Church in Corinth. Paul used to spend […]

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Jesus and the Voice from Heaven

A good number came to our Bible study on Thursday, 17 September, which formed part of our Vision4Life Bible year, and was led by our Minister, Stephen Thornton. The passage we considered was from Mark’s Gospel – the first Gospel to be written.  Stephen reminded us to keep bright, open minds when studying the text […]

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Called by God

Norwegian theologian and pastor Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was elected 7th General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) during its recent Central Committee meeting. “This task I really feel is the call of God.  I feel that we have a lot to do together”, Tveit said in his acceptance speech before the […]

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Calvin, Luther and Beyond

Our Bible Study on 16 July paid homage to Protestant reformer John Calvin, at the 500th anniversary of his birth.  Yet as we remember and celebrate this significant event in the history of the Reformed Church, the Minister reminded us that we are here not to mimic Calvin and Luther, but to learn from them, […]

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Why Go to Church?

A churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. “I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons.  But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one […]

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Wonderful Windermere

In June this year some of our church family made a return visit to the Lake District, following a very successful church holiday there last year. The group were led by minister Stephen Thornton, and were based at the Windermere Centre, the national training centre for the URC.  Those who went were asked for their […]

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