Imogen’s Book

Imogen Russell is a second year student at Farnborough Sixth Form College, and a member of the team at Fleet Centre for Volunteering.  She has recently been helping church member Sheila Durbin to produce a digital copy of all her poems, many of which were written in hasty scribbles, often fast-fading. The collaboration soon became […]

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Reform Magazine

Have you thought of subscribing to Reform magazine? Reform is published 10 times a year by the United Reformed Church but has readers from all Christian denominations, as well as readers from other faiths and from no faith tradition.  It is a fresh and challenging magazine exploring theology, ethics, personal spirituality and Christian perspectives on […]

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Incarnation

A Reflection from Sheila Durbin: Some Christians today seem to find it difficult or impossible to believe that the man Jesus was also God – two natures united in one person.  Indeed I suspect that if I knew more about the history of the church I should find that there is by no means an […]

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‘Brightness Falls from the Air’

‘Brightness Falls from the Air’ is a second book of poems by Sheila Durbin.  Sheila’s poems are well known by regular readers of this website, but this is an entirely new collection. Sheila’s love of words and use of language, together with her thoughts and deep faith in God spring from every page.  There is […]

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Centenary Celebration for our Church Building

Last Sunday we had a wonderful celebration of 100 years of worship at our Kings Road building. Led by Mr John Ellis, Moderator of the General Assembly, our morning service was attended by James Arbuthnot MP and Hart District Council chairman Myra Billings, as well as more than 120 current and past church members and […]

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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 moisture charged the air The sun, a soft red ball, Muted, its glittering glaze Rose in the winter dawn. So, if we seek God’s face, We cannot see it plain. Its radiant holiness Half-hidden must remain […]

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Perceptions

Today I saw the autumn With stealthy steps draw near, The beech leaves glowing orange In sunshine bright and clear. Some people think the autumn Bringer of storms and cold But I perceive the season Radiant with red and gold. Too soon will come November With fog and gloomy days. Let us enjoy October And […]

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Wisdom

It is reported that scientists have arrived at a new understanding of wisdom.  It is, they say, merely the slowing down of the brain as we grow older (Telegraph, 25.6.10). Wisdom, in the Ancient World beloved of Jews and Greeks alike, nothing but the slowing down of our brains?  What a miserable decline! Are we […]

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January

A January day: the sky was loud With boisterous wind, chequered by tumbling cloud But yet, beneath our feet, the earth’s asleep, Dreaming of February; roots that creep, Seeking for moisture, snowdrops seeking light, The golden crocus and the aconite, And then, in March, on every vale and hill, The clustering primrose and the daffodil; […]

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Advent

Lord, when You came to us, the world was dark: The land of Israel under Roman rule, Your precious laws obscured by man-made codes And all the people prey to hate and fear. You came, a human child, to set them free And to proclaim God’s grace and sovereignty. Jesus, our world is dark, so […]

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