From the Ministers

From the Ministers

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…

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…

Ministers Letter, April 2018

This time of year is a time of transition. As I write we have just started ‘officially’ Spring! Although with the recent snow fall you could be forgiven for thinking that Winter is still hanging around. Seasonally, new life is springing up all around us. Winter coats and heavy jumpers are being put away, gardening gloves are being brought out. It’s a time of transition.…

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…

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,…

Goodbye to Summertime

By the time you read this article the summer holidays will be drawing to a close. For many of our church congregation this time has meant a bit of  break from the norm. No school for the younger ones amongst us and those who are involved in school life. The stopping of many of the groups that meet regularly for August, Time for things to happen that can’t go on…