At this rail my parents were married . At this rail they gave thanks and dedicated me to God in baptism. At the age of thirteen I made a public declaration of my faith, gave my life to Jesus and became a member of the church -- at this rail. A few years later, when tragedy struck, I knelt at this rail in the dark, shouting my grief at God and pushing Him away - only to find that the...read more
A sign of a successful organisation is it’s ability to change and adapt according to needs. Well, our Church has excelled in this during lockdown. Online church services every week, Zoom meetings for both business and worship, Whatsapp video calls and a community Whatsapp site for emotional and social support. Those who aren’t able to be online receive their fellowship and worship using the...read more
Like lots of people during lockdown I have come to appreciate - notice even - the area on my doorstep. I have always noticed the garden and the birdsong but I’m not particularly knowledgeable about what lies beyond that. I tend to travel to other places. When you have a baby you tend to pack in visits to parks, soft play, swimming pools and libraries for the child and for your own mental...read more
Hello everyone, we had been asked to write a little something for last Contact but in the end missed the deadline! Oops! But having gone to look at what we had written to send in again we discovered perhaps the timing had been planned!
Suddenly all of us are in a time of uncertainty and waiting, wondering what waits ahead of us. What life will look like ‘when all of this is over’, even...read more
Just before lockdown I had begun to read a book called “Less is More – Spirituality for Busy Lives” by Brian Draper. The book has lots of short simple chapters with reflections/areas to consider, it is a book to read slowly and reflect upon each chapter.
One of the suggestions in this was to keep a gratitude diary – of up to 5 things each day written simply....read more
According to my file this is actually my 100 th minister’s letter for Contact and sadly my last. We arrived in Rowlands Gill in August 2005, not knowing why God had sent us so far North, or what the future would bring. It was a step of faith and costly to us moving so far away from family and friends. As I look back now over those last 15 years I am overwhelmed with...read more
21st Big Birthday party
Chopwell and Rowlands Gill Live at Home Scheme hosted a Big Birthday party on the 12th September to celebrate 21 years of working in the local...read more
The Innkeeper's story.
When Caesar held a census in the winter long ago,
The television series last year, the Blue Planet, and more recently the climate change protests in London have put green issues and the care of our planet back firmly on the agenda. One of the focuses of the protests was on carbon reduction (though you wouldn’t necessarily have realised that when seeing them blocking and preventing public transport working properly), yet carbon reduction is...read more