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The Eighth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

‘[Jacob] said, ‘I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.’’ Genesis 45:28 As we continue to read through Joseph this summer, today...

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The Seventh Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

 'Joseph recognised his brothers, they did not recognise him.’ Genesis 42:8 Brothers and sisters, you don’t need to have watched Eastenders, to know that families have arguments, tha...

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The Sixth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

 'all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph,’ Genesis 41:57 Brothers and sisters, if you have been keeping up with the news recently you may have begun to ask some serious quest...

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The Firth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

 'Pharaoh asked them, ‘Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?’’ Genesis 41:38 Brothers and sisters, as we continue our series on Genesis, we finall...

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The Fourth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

 [Joseph said] 'when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness’ Genesis 40:14 Brothers and sisters, this week the news has been full of talk of the Prime Minister. Reme...

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The Third Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

 ‘the Lord was with him […] and granted [Joseph] favour in the eyes of the prison warder.’ Genesis 39:21 Brothers and sisters, you may have heard a Christian say,‘God ha...

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Summer Editorial & Parish Magazine

Here is 'The Messenger' downloable for free: July/August Magazine. ----- Dear brothers & sisters, Summer time, whatever the weather is as you read this, it is officially summer time! A summer i...

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The Second Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

 ‘Here comes that dreamer!’ Joseph’s brothers said, ‘Come now, let’s kill him’. Genesis 37:19-20 Brothers and sisters, when I was a boy I was in to all things...

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The First Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

 ‘[Jacob] loved Joseph more than any of his other sons and he made an ornate robe for him’ Genesis 37:3 Brothers and sisters, for the uninitiated having a conductor—or choir ma...

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Trinity Sunday - Reflection

‘the Lord [said], ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’’ Isaiah 6:8 Brothers and sisters, last weekend we celebrated the 70...

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The Sunday after Ascension - Reflection

 ‘[Jesus said] ‘When the Advocate comes He will testify about me […] you also must testify’ John 15:26-27 Brothers and sisters, it was lovely to gather together this mor...

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June Editorial & Parish Magazine

Here is 'The Messenger' downloable for free: June Magazine. ----- Dear brothers & sisters,  This year we celebrate as a nation and Commonwealth the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Que...

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The Fifth Sunday after Easter - Reflection

 ‘[Jesus said] ‘In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ John 16:33 Brothers and sisters, in 1989 a song from an Andrew Lloyd-Webber mus...

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The Fourth Sunday after Easter - Reflection

 ‘[Jesus said]’It is for your good that I am going away. If I go,I will send [the Spirit] to you.’ John 16:7 Brothers and sisters, over the past few Sundays we have been focuss...

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The Third Sunday after Easter - Reflection

'Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person.’ Proverbs 3:27 Looking for a way to test Jesus a religious scholar once asked Him, “And jus...

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May Editorial & Parish Magazine

Here is 'The Messenger' downloable for free: May Magazine. ----- Dear brothers & sisters,  Alleluia. Christ is Risen. He is risen, indeed. Alleluia. Friends we continue our celebratio...

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Good Shepherd Sunday - Reflection

 ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’ John 10:11 Brothers and sisters, each of us face decisions. Each and every day decisions have to be mad...

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Feast of St George - Reflection

‘Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him.’ 2 Timothy 2:11-12 Brothers and sisters, growing up I loved...

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Easter Sunday - Reflection

‘Early on the first day of the week […] Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.’ John 20:1 Brothers and sisters, my favourit...

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Easter Vigil - Reflection

Alleluia Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia. The battle has been raged. It was horrific, bloody, desperate, and chilling all at the same time. The combatants ...

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Good Friday - Reflection

That was the day they killed the Son of God On a squat hill-top by Jerusalem. Zion was bare, her children from their maze Sucked by the dream of curiosity Clean through the gates. The very halt an...

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Maundy Thursday - Reflection

Just before Covid struck, a friend was promoted to a more senior job. His wife said “at last he’s been given the status he deserves”. Put me in mind of an elderly priest-friend ...

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Palm Sunday - Reflection

‘the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is...

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Passion Sunday - Reflection

'‘Very truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I AM!’’ John 8:58 Brothers and sisters, I don’t know if you’ve seen the 1988 film ’...

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April Editorial & Parish Magazine

Here is 'The Messenger' downloable for free: April Magazine. ----- Dear brothers & sisters,  To really understand something you’ve got to break it down to its basic parts. If yo...

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Mothering Sunday - Reflection

'Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son’.  John 19:26 Brothers and sisters, today we came together to remember and to honour our mothers, and those who have taken care of us lik...

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The Third Sunday in Lent - Reflection

‘Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.’  Luke 11:23 Brothers and sisters, ‘Your Country Needs You’. None of us were there at...

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The Second Sunday in Lent - Reflection

‘Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed at that moment.’ Matthew 15:28 Brothers and sisters, it’s a funny...

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The First Sunday in Lent - Reflection

‘Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.’  Matthew 4:1 Brothers and sisters, on Wednesday we entered Lent which leads us up to the most impor...

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March Editorial & Parish Magazine

Here is 'The Messenger' downloable for free: March Magazine. ----- Dear brothers & sisters,  ‘My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God; you will not reject a humble and repentant ...

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Quinquagesima Sunday - Reflection

‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Luke 18:31-43 Brothers and sisters, there’s an old saying isn’t there, ‘Neither a lender nor a borrower be’. Well, that may be...

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Sexagesima Sunday - Reflection

‘the seed on good soil stands for those who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.’  Luke 8:15 Brothers and sisters, in the next year or so, our church sch...

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A Lent Devotional

To help us make the most of Lent this year our diocese has produced a lovely booklet with a reflection for each day. You might like to find a regular time to read the scripture appointed, to read...

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Septuagesima Sunday - Reflection

‘the last will be first, and the first will be last.’ Matthew 20:16 Brothers and sisters, when I trained for ordination, we attended a residential weekend led by a group of people called ...

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February Editorial & Parish Magazine

Here is 'The Messenger' downloable for free: February Magazine. ----- Dear brothers & sisters, Spring is approaching and some of the things I love about spring are seeing the green sho...

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The Presentation of Christ (Candlemas) - Reflection

'Simeon said 'my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all nations, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and the glory to your people Israel.’’ Luke 2...

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The Third Sunday after the Epiphany - Reflection

'‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’' Matthew 8:2-3 Brothers and...

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The Second Sunday after the Epiphany - Reflection

'What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory.' John 2:11 Brothers and sisters, I’m fed up! I’m fed up of Covid. I’m fed up ...

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The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord - Reflection

'In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a...

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The Feast of St Stephen - Reflection

'Stephenfell on his knees and cried out, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he fell asleep.' Acts 7:60 The morning after the night before. We&rsqu...

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Christmas Day - Reflection

'In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son'. Hebrews 1:1-2 When I was younger I had a v...

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Christmas Eve - Reflection

'Today in the town of David a saviour has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord'. Luke 2:11 What are we to make of the Christmas story? We tell it every year, the wisemen, the shepherds,...

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The Fourth Sunday of Advent - Reflection

'Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all.The Lord is near.' Philippians 4:4-5 ‘Rejoice in the Lord’ – th...

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The Third Sunday of Advent - Reflection

'Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written:‘“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare yo...

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The Second Sunday of Advent - Reflection

'For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.’  Romans ...

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December & January Editorial & Parish Magazine

Here is 'The Messenger' downloable for free: December & January Magazine. ----- Dear brothers & sisters,  December is a time of preparation. For a number of weeks my wife, Natalie...

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An Advent Devotional for 2021

To help us make the most of Advent this year our diocese has produced a lovely booklet with a reflection for each day. You might like to find a regular time to read the scripture appointed, to read th...

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The First Sunday of Advent - Reflection

'understanding the present time: the hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.’ Romans 13:11 Brothers and...

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Remembrance Sunday - Reflection

'There are many who are dead and buried. Some of them will wake up and live forever […] the wise people will shine as bright as the sky.’  Daniel 12:2-3 Brothers and sisters, h...

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The Third Sunday before Advent - Reflection

‘‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.’  Mark 1:17-18 Brothers and ...

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November Editorial & Parish Magazine

Here is 'The Messenger' downloable for free: November Magazine. ----- Dear brothers & sisters, November is a time for the Church to remember who we are. We remember who we are by telling &lsquo...

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The Feast of All Saints - Reflection

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ Revelation 21:4 Brothers and sister...

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Bible Sunday - Reflection

‘[God says] my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire’  Isaiah 55:11 Brothers and sisters, When was the last time you wro...

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The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

‘the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’  Mark 10:45 Brothers and sisters, the more I read the Gospels, the more convinced...

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Harvest Thanksgiving - Reflection

'Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful.’ Joel 2:23 Brothers and sisters, I want you to imagine you’re a ...

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The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

'For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.' Hebrews 13:14 Brothers and sisters, what is it that kids always do on British beaches? Surely it is the bu...

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October Editorial & Parish Magazine

Here is 'The Messenger' downloable for free: October Magazine. ----- Dear brothers and sisters, “The current trajectory of our church is a huge mistake and the leadership is out of touch with...

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Back 2 School Sunday - Reflection

'‘This,’ said the Lord, ‘is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob – has appeared to...

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The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

‘Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’’ Genesis 22:8 Brothers and sisters, when I was 11 years old I went on a camp near Winder...

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September Editorial & Full Magazine

Here is 'The Messenger' downloable for free: September Magazine. ----- Dear brothers and sisters, In the time before Amelie, in our family we call this B.C. (before children), I used to go mountain...

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The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

‘Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.’ Genesis 21:1 Brothers and sisters, ‘Go, for I promise to catch you’ was w...

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The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

'Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?’ Genesis 18:25 Brothers and sisters, Amelie, my daughter, is just getting to the stage where her sense of justice and injustice is starting to sho...

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Thanksgiving Service - Reflection

‘Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.’  John 7:37 Brothers and sisters, well, we had got quite a lot happening in church this ...

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The Tenth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

‘[Abraham] brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before [the three strangers]. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.’  Genesis 18:8...

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Thanksgiving Service - Children's Thankfulness Templates

Bring in your art! We would love your child to draw us a picture of something they are'Thankful' for. Bring the pictures along on Sunday 15th and Fr. Mike will pick some to show during the ...

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The Ninth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

‘I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers […] every male among you shall be circumcised. ’ Genesis 17:2,10 Brothers and sisters, growi...

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The Eighth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

‘[Hagar] gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me’’ Genesis 16:13 Brothers and sisters, one of the remarkable parts of pregnancy was getting t...

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The Seventh Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

‘Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.’ Genesis 15:6 Brothers and sisters, the past year and a half has been difficult for all of us. The pandemic has force...

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The Sixth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

‘The Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.’ Genesis 12:1 Brothers and sisters, now-a-days most o...

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The Fifth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.’ ...

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July & August Editorial & Full Magazine

Here is 'The Messenger' downloable for free: July & August Magazine. ----- Dear brothers & sisters, At some point, God-willing, during the period this magazine covers (July-August) we will ...

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The Fourth Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

'Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God. And God said to Noah, ‘I have determined to make an end of all flesh […] Make yourself an ark of cypress wood...

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The Third Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

'Cain said to Abel, ‘Let us go out to the field.’ And [then], Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him […] the Lord put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him ...

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The Second Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

'the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ He said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid’  Genesis 3:9-10 Brothers and s...

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June Editorial & Full Magazine

Here is 'The Messenger' downloable for free: June Magazine. ----- Dear brothers & sisters, As I look at the church diary for June I see a theme running throughout of ‘choice’. ...

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The First Sunday after Trinity - Reflection

'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth […] and indeed, it was very good.’ Genesis 1:1, 31b Brothers and sisters, we begin today a series in the Book of Genesis, a series...

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The Feast of Pentecost - Reflection

'When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.’  Acts 2:1 Brothers and sisters, this morning we gathered together twice. We first gathered to receive Christ&rsqu...

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The Seventh Sunday of Easter - Reflection

[Jesus] ‘gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.’ Acts 1:4 Brothers and sisters, patience is ...

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The Sixth Sunday of Easter - Reflection

[Jesus said] ’This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’  John 15...

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The Fifth Sunday of Easter - Reflection

‘[Jesus said] 'I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.’’ John 10:16 B...

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May Editorial & Full Magazine

Here is 'The Messenger' downloable for free: May Magazine. ----- Dear brothers and sisters, It’s time to think about coming back to church. We’ve had a very strange last twelve mo...

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The Feast of St George - Service & Reflection

The diocese asked us to produce their 'Online Sunday Service' which we did as St George's Day and can be watched at anytime. In addition, the reflection is below. The film is HERE. ------------...

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The Third Sunday of Easter - Reflection

‘Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you […] Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and...

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Easter Sunday - Service & Reflection

As not everyone will be able to gather with us on Easter Sunday, Fr Mike with the help of Archdeacon Mark and members of our church family, have produced this short service. In addition, the refl...

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Good Friday - Reflection

Eh up, it’s tough being a shepherd in Palestine. Out in the fields in all weathers, blistering heat, freezing cold, out all night when the sheep are mating. Unclean – not that I ...

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Maundy Thursday - Reflection

'when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cu...

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Praying at Home - From Ascension to Pentecost

I hope that many have found ways to pray at home during the lockdown. As we approach Ascension you might like to join the Archbishop of Canterbury's venture to pray especially from Ascension to Pentec...

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Praying at Home

As we have now moved to an even stricter regime it is critical for our own spiritual health and for the good of the nation that we are all praying on a regular basis. Some may not have done this befor...

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