Sunday, 1 February 2015


We are bringing this Blog to an end.

The First Sunday Thing had been good for a number of people –  four of the  people there this morning do not usually attend any other service and one of them spoke to us afterwards about how useful he found it.

But it hasn’t caught the imagination of others – readership of this Blog is low and our hope has not been fulfilled that a trickle of those who had come once at the time of a child’s Baptism would return and build up a larger regular congregation.

We shall have the service as usual next month (March).

We shall not have it the following month (April) when the first Sunday falls on Easter Day – it will be our big Easter Festival Communion at both churches that day.

Then, beginning the month after that (May) we shall begin to have an informal ‘First Sunday Communion’ in both churches for a few months and see how that goes.

Sunday, 23 November 2014


Our December service (7th December) will once again be a Christingle event.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

What does God want?

We crowd sourced the ten commandments this morning.  How many could people remember between them?  What sorts of things ought to be in the list?

The three most widely remembered commandments are do not kill, steal or commit adultery.  So we prayed for those bereaved by recent highly publicised murders, victim support and families which have been broken up.

We thought that 'you shall not covet' might be one of the least remembered, but actually it came half way up the list - and was expressed as 'do not be greedy' by some.

It was 'you shall not have graven images or idols' which hardly anyone remembered to be one of God's commandments.  We thought briefly about the way things like cars, celebrities and  money might actually make this an important commandment for today.

And the extra things?  Jesus' teaching to love our neighbours as ourselves was widely remembered.  'Respect the world and all that is in it', 'make peace' and 'seek and offer forgiveness' were among other suggestions.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Ten Commandments

A journalist once pulled off a sting by phoning several Bishops and asking whether they could list the ten commandments.  Most couldn't off the top of their head so he was able to write the spiteful piece he had planned.  They are part of one of the set readings for Sunday.  We will have a go at seeing how many we know between us and be introduced to those which easily slip our minds.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Birthday gifts

Artwork developing during the service last Sunday morning - the image of Mary is copied from a window in St Nicolas' where the service took place.  It was our openness to God' s gifts which we were exploring - and Mary's birthday was the peg on which this was hung.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Mary's birthday

7th September is (almost) the traditional date for the birth of Jesus' mother, so God's gifts to her and us will be our theme on Sunday.  The picture is one taken almost exactly a year ago of an African pilgrim group singing its way round the church which is (one of) the traditional sites of her birth in Jerusalem.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

God's abundance

This is the theme planned for Sunday.  We are going to explore the prophet Isaiah's "Why hunger for what will really not satisfy?  Let the one without money come, buy and eat!"