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Feb 2024
Weekly Email w/b 19th February 2024

If you see me looking a bit frazzled this week, it may be because my youngest child is learning to drive and so the L Plates are on my car and I’m ready to shuffle over to the passenger seat while she practices. From experience with other children, I can tell you this is far from my most favourite parenting task. I like to be in control, and I have to dig really deep for the patience not to interfere and perhaps more importantly, not to yell. I’m very aware that I would make a terrible driving instructor! I wonder if there’s been any good teachers in your life? Somebody gifted with skill and care and patience? In the Gospels, Jesus is referred to as ‘teacher’ 60 times. His......

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Feb 2024
Weekly Email w/b 12th February 2024

I read last week about a piece of music by C20 musician John Cage. It is a piece of organ music that takes – get this – 639 years. Played on a specially built organ, there was something of a party atmosphere in the performance space last week as for the first time in two years the organ changed chord. And in case you missed it, the next scheduled note change is on 5th August 2026, with the whole performance finishing in 2640. And you thought contemporary worship songs lasted a long time! There’s something here about “life in the long term”, and what it is to wait patiently. I think Lent can offer that gift to each of us. In our 24-7 world to slow down a little.......

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Feb 2024
Weekly Email w/b 5th February 2024

This year Keith and I will be married for 19 years. They say time flies when you are having fun. Although this is true for most of our married life, the first 2 years were the toughest and felt like a century. I was away from my family, life-long friends, my home country and facing a new culture, language and embarking on this new chapter of life called marriage. I remember we had so many disagreements and difficult conversations in those first 2 years, lots of frustration, tears and I literally felt like I was lost in translation. Sometimes all I needed to say was “I’m wrong,” or “I need help”, and sometimes I needed to hear “I’m sorry.” It was only God’s grace that carried us through those......

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Feb 2024
Weekly Email w/b 29th January 2024

I’ve rediscovered one of my favourite podcasts of old this week. Simon Mayo “Confessions” podcast is back. Do you know it? It’s an occasion where people write into him and confess stuff in their life, and then Simon – or should it be Father Mayo – decides whether to grant forgiveness or not. More memorable ones over many year include one about an unsuspecting goat, another involving Hammy the Hamster, the one about a runaway milk float, or even the incident with Uncle Eric’s ashes. “Have mercy on me” says King David in Psalm 51, in the most simple words of confession. As we saw in Just10’s session this week, he had blown it big time. A bored afternoon sunbathing on the temple roof turned to adultery. Adultery turns......

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Jan 2024
Weekly Email w/b 22nd January 2024

If you’ve been in a church meeting of any kind this January (or indeed any January!) you’ll be familiar with the ‘brief look back at Christmas 2023’ questions. We find it really helpful to keep a record of what went well, alongside what we might do differently next year. As a team, we’ll look at these notes again in September to remind ourselves of things we’ve forgotten but need to remember. The reality is that we do forget things. Over time, our memories fade and our recollections become hazy. Earlier this week, the mid-week youth life group were thinking about times they had been particularly aware of the presence of Jesus in the past, and how this informed their trust in Him in the future. This was a stark......

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Jan 2024
Weekly Email w/b 15th January 2024

Are you a glass half empty or glass half full type of person? I am very much a glass half empty, Amal, however, is a glass half full. A friend of ours once told me that the glass was only reaching half it’s potential! Our friend is very much a ‘Barnabas’ – an encourager. He sees things in people that they perhaps don’t see in themselves and then tries to help them draw out their God given gifts and talents. I was just reading in the book of Acts this morning the very sad story of the split between Barnabas and Paul. If you remember, it was Barnabas, who when he heard that the gospel needed to be shared in Antioch, went to find Paul, and brought him along.......

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