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“Thy Kingdom Come” 2017

Abingdon Baptist Church is joining this initiative to pray for our world, nation and those of us around us who aren’t yet believers. See below for more details: Please feel free to join us for any or all of the events below, all held in our Church grounds: Sunday, 28th May 2017 @ 0930 Half an hour of prayer before our morning service Tuesday, 30th May 2017 @ 0800 A…

Double Listening

“Can you say that again?” might be your response if I said; “What does ‘Double Listening’ mean?” That’s not quite what we are thinking about here though. I first came across the term when listening to a talk by John Stott. He talked about the need to listen to both the Bible and also to society. The question he posed was how do we listen to the Bible? His answer, was…

A Passion for Mission

As we read the gospels it becomes readily apparent that the disciples of Jesus must have lead interesting lives. Their time with Jesus was punctuated by memorable events that they would never forget. Probably no event was more memorable than the day they stood with Jesus on a mountain and he gave them what we now call the Great Commission. Every day at this stage of their…

“Oh, When the Saints…”

After Christmas Gill and I had a four-day break in the North, beginning with a couple of nights in Durham, then seeing the New Year in with some of our closest friends in Bramhope, Leeds. It meant we could also see our son, Nick and his wife, Jes, and their two children (and commiserate with them that our two-year old grandson had the dreaded norovirus, poor chap.) It was…

What do we treasure the most?

What we treasure can vary from artefacts left to us from relatives, to coins, jewellery, houses, antique cars and so on. Sometimes we treasure the accumulation of wealth accompanied by a continuous desire to have more and more. There seems to be no limit to the spiral of how much is enough. The most earthly thought when treasures are accumulated is the fear that your…

The bean lady has been….

Yesterday afteroon there was a very special gathering at the 35 Ock Street cafe…. The Coffee Bean Lady came to visit to advise on how to get the best from our coffee machine, and she brought a wide selection of coffees for a taste test with a cross section of people from the Church.

Cake. Very good cake.

Yesterday at the 35 Ock Street café, I had this cake as a splendid dessert after a most warming bowl of mixed vegetable soup. Clearly the country’s best bakers are not part of the Great British Bake Off, but are actually supplying the cakes to the café. Brilliant!

Repairs and Replacements

It has been a season of repairs and replacements in our home. Two garden parasols have broken — one, and older one, repaired with some metal plant stakes to fix two broken aluminium struts, and the other broken beyond my ability to repair, will need to be replaced next season. The rotary clothes line snapped at its base a couple of days ago, and so I bought a replacement,…