Choose Life

Inspired by Deuteronomy 30, Matthew 5 and the Trainspotting advert Choose life. Choose justice. Choose mercy. Choose welcome. Choose to resolve conflict; Choose agreement over anger; Choose peace and understanding; Choose to greet your enemy in friendship; Choose to listen, to share, to resolve, to walk together through life’s trials and reconciliation’s.   Choose a […]

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Let Them Eat Chaos

I used some Christmas Book Tokens to buy a poem called “Let Them Eat Chaos” by Kate Tempest. she takes us to one street in the early hours of the morning – 4:18 to be precise and tells the moment for 7 people awake in the night; their thoughts, fears, worries, concerns, confusion. It’s a […]

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Advent Songs

We will celebrate Christmas in song. No surprise there – whether in the four songs of Luke’s Nativity story, or our carolling traditions or the constant soundtrack of popular favourites – we will sing our way through Christmas. In choosing our carols I try to ensure that across each service most of the favourites are […]

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Building Questionnaire

The sale of the Stoke Chapel building in Harefield Road has realised a significant amount of money. “Our task now is to make good use of that money.  To explore how we might still serve the community in Stoke, whatever becomes of our former church; to use the proceeds of sale wisely in ways that […]

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Remember November

November: Remembrance month – All Saints Day, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Sunday swiftly following. Each bringing their own memories and rituals. Memory is an important part of who we think we are, hence, when we are unable to remember, or we are faced with someone who seems to have forgotten themselves, life is painful. At Greenbelt […]

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3rd July 2016

Luke 10:1-11 & Galatians 6:7-11 For you reap whatever you sow Jesus calls his disciples to be missionary – vulnerable – distinctive. Paul reminds the church that the fruits of the spirit need to be sown before they can be harvested We will sow the seeds of our life together  in 6 actions – pray – disciple […]

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Telling Stories

We are just back from a double bill of London shows. The first was “The Play That Goes Wrong” – I was crying with laughter, it is brilliant – full of slapstick and beautifully observed humour. It is a Murder Mystery Play by a Student Drama Society in which the set falls apart, relationships shatter, […]

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Talking Mission

Here we are, our first month as Ansty Road United Reformed Church, there has been much to do and we have been focusing on some of the practical issues of merging the two churches and leaving Harefield Road. At our forthcoming Church and Elders’ Meetings it will be time to think once again about Mission […]

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