Have you ever noticed a change in someone and wondered what had happened? The person who recently had been quiet and preoccupied suddenly seems much happier and without a care in the world. Perhaps they had been worried about a diagnosis and been given the all-clear or had passed the exam they were really worrying about, or had fallen in love. Once you found out the reason, it all made sense … More Breaking out
It is traditional in the sermon on the day of the APCM to talk about the life of the church over the last year. Quite honestly, I simply don’t want to do that. We have suffered from bereavements – our beloved Deborah, and others as well and we have had to contend with practical problems in the shape of electric wiring and boilers. So many people have contended with illness, accidents and family issues and yet have continued to contribute to the life of the church. And the backdrop has been a country in political turmoil, a cost-of-living crisis and wars in Ukraine and now Sudan. Enough said. We have survived. We have in many ways got back to normal after covid. We can congratulate ourselves that we have had the strength and courage to persevere. Just staying afloat has been an achievement … More Abundant life
Welcome to our service of Holy Communion for Sunday 30 April, the day on which we remember Jesus as the Good Shepherd. It is also the day of our APCM, during which we review 2022. Rev Sue will preside.
We began with the hymn “The King of Love my Shepherd is” … More The Good Shepherd
I wonder when you last felt really hungry? I remember the first time I went on a retreat after becoming a vegan. The elderly catholic nuns who did the cooking were lovely, but not very clued up about nutrition. The first night the standard option was quiche and chips. I was dismayed to find the vegan alternative to the quiche was a little plate of cooked carrots … More The bread that satisfies.
This is indeed the Alleluia season.
There are many, many pieces of celebratory church music that have just the one word – Alleluia – and since this magazine issue is going out predominantly online, I thought this would be a good time to showcase some of them … More Alleluia
Good morning and welcome to our special service of holy communion for St George’s Day. We come to you live from St George’s church, Simister. Rev Sue will preside and Reader Christine will preach … More St George’s Day
The Oxford English Dictionary defines conscience as, “A person’s moral sense of right and wrong, viewed as acting as a guide to one’s behaviour”. In the context of the Christian faith, conscience is the voice of the Holy Spirit within us, however, the challenge for many in the modern day is whether we choose to accept this gift that God gives us. … More Christian Morality
Good morning and welcome to our service of holy communion for Sunday 16 April. Rev Sue will preside and ALM Carol O will preach. This is also a Sunday Club morning, and the children sang songs, heard stories and did activities on the theme of Hope … More Doubt
Can you imagine being so scared, so frightened, you lock yourself away and hide, no hope, no faith, absolutely terrified for your life? This is how the disciples felt in our gospel story today. God’s story which is our story. Yes the stories we read each day each week in the gospels are our stories. In Holy Week, I hope, like me, you stepped into God’s story as we followed our Stations of the Cross, as we walked that final hour with Jesus on Good Friday. So let us step into today’s story with the disciples, hiding behind locked doors for fear of the authorities … More John 20:19-31 – The Locked Room
By 1875 the church had grown in numbers and had pressed repeatedly for the church to be licensed for marriages and finally after a petition to the Bishop a license was granted on 27th July 1875 … More Continuing the History of St Margaret’s Church