Category: Ministry matters

Rector's Ramble THIS Sunday 28th Jan

Rector’s Ramble 28 Jan; Kingly Vale. This is a great walk! It’s about 7km with amazing views & ancient aspects. We will approach the ‘summit’ directly up the very steep but now ‘stepped’ route. Meet at the Rectory at 12.30pm.

The Gift of Giving

The Gift of Giving. So many have shared how uplifted they were after last Sunday’s ‘One Church’ service. It was such a time of blessing and affirmation as we began the new year together in worship, focusing on our theme for Epiphany ‘The Gift of Giving’. A real highlight was your response to a request for help from our friends in Bo, Sierra Leone.

God of Hope

God of Hope! One of the joys the Advent this year has been the Advent Candles that many of our younger church family members were gifted. Each day of Advent they were introduced to one of the many names for God in Christ.

Treasure in Jars of Clay

Treasure in jars of clay; I love toy shops! Even in my older age I still have that same thrill, walking in and seeing shelves packed high with goodies – it is a JOY! Later today I’ll wander into East’ and visit our brilliant local toy shops.

Be patient

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart. Jane and I have Rilke’s words on our kitchen notice board – next to that seminal passage of scripture, John. 3. 16. There have been many occasions when we have had to take its wisdom to heart.

Christ reaches out in embrace

Christ reaches out in embrace. This week the General Synod of the Church of England, led by both Archbishops of Canterbury and York, has voted to permit the blessing of same-sex relationships. This is a significant decision of Church doctrine.

God's living Word

God’s living word. I hope and pray that I, and all those preaching God’s living Word this Sunday, will be blessed with the words that need to be said.

Being Human

Being Human four talks based on Living in Love and Faith, the Church of England process which sets out to inspire people to think more deeply about what it means to be human and to live in love and faith with one another.

Excited holiness

The good old CofE commemorated John Bunyan this week – as each day we are invited to be inspired by the lives of those who ‘excited holiness’. What finer man of faith than John Bunyan…

Transform; Afghan refugee visits

It is hard to believe that it is almost two years since Kabul fell to the Taliban and the British government mounted a rescue operation for some 25,000 Afghan interpreters and embassy workers, well over 1,000 of whom found refuge in West Sussex.

Tell the stories of Jesus

‘Who do you say I am?’ Jesus asks his disciples in Sunday’s Gospel (Matt 19.13-19). On Tuesday, a Harbour Churches group were offered a powerful and moving answer to that question. We took part in ‘The Life of Christ’ production at Wintershall.

Look after the people around you

‘Look after the people around you – be kind.’ These were the words spoken by the families of those killed in Nottingham this week. There was deep shock and profound trauma but there was no hatred or anger.

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