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Ministers Letter, June 2018

These articles by Steve or me are written a couple of weeks prior to their publication in Contact, so as I write today (14 May) we have just been reflecting upon our first joint service with Trinity Church yesterday. It was good to see a full church and to share in joint worship with our sisters and brothers at Trinity, especially as Malcolm Newton drew our attention to the shared witness of our two congregations at the start of Christian…

Ministers Letter – May 2018

Not long ago we were being savaged by a beastly (and snowy) easterly wind, and now we are bathed by strong Spring sunshine that would not put August to shame were it four months later. That’s the changeable British weather for you! So it was that earlier today (I am writing on Friday 20th) in brilliant sunshine and glorious warmth we gathered at Trinity to honour Peter Clarke at his funeral. The Army Air Corps, medals shining as bright as…

Christmas & New Year Message 2017

As you read this in early December (probably) Christmas may seem to be the fixed point around which all moves for the next two months. Four weeks to prepare for it, and a month to recover from it. So let me first issue my usual pre-Christmas rant, and get it off my chest! There is a season of equal importance to Christmas that we are already inhabiting – it is Advent. Most decidedly NOT simply ‘getting ready for Christmas’, this…

“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 the first time we had ever visited Durham Cathedral by ourselves,…

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, complete with impossible-to-install spike to hold it upright —the instructions described…

Contact June 2016

Over these next two months there are a number of special events as we run up to the summer break, and I hope that for many of us in Abingdon Baptist Church (ABC) we will find each one an encouragement. The first is the ordination of my co-pastor, Steve, during the morning service on the 12th June. We look forward to welcoming our fellow church member, and Regional Minister, Colin Norris to lead the act of ordination on behalf of…