Sunday 12 June

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Pastoral Letter – EU Referendum – Sunday 12th June 2016 Dear friends, On Thursday 23rd June 2016, we face a once-in-a-generation decision when as citizens of the United Kingdom we vote on whether to remain with or to leave the European Union. How as Christians should we decide on which way to vote? Is there …

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Wednesday 1 June

168 – A Week of Prayer & Worship

In January 2016, at a PCC meeting, we did an exercise to consider how we would prioritise 9 of our core activities in the church. In pairs, we organised 9 statements into priority order – and it was heartening, and unsurprising, to find that every pair put ‘Develop the Prayer and Worship life of our …

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Wednesday 1 June

Summer Fair 2016

We’re so excited about our upcoming Summer Fair – held on Saturday 18th June from 11am-5pm. There’ll be food available from Tiffin, Terry’s Falafel, sandwiches and cakes from Curious Yellow Kafe, as well as kids’ sandwich bags and sausages in finger rolls from the St John’s Pop-Up Cafe. Tea & coffee from the St John’s …

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Tuesday 24 May

Roof Repairs

We’re delighted to have received a grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof repair fund last year. I’ve just been up on the roof to inspect the progress, and I’m pleased to report that the flat roof has been entirely resurfaced. The next phase will involve replacing decaying timber louvres in the roof vents.

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Sunday 19 July

Organising for the Common Good

I preached the sermon at the Tolpuddle Methodist Chapel on Sunday 19th July 2015 as part of the 2015 Tolpuddle Festival. The text of my sermon is below… Introduction It’s an honour to be invited to speak with you this evening at the annual Tolpuddle Festival. It’s a festival with emotional resonance for me – …

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Thursday 4 June

Start-Up Church (Or ‘Proclaiming Afresh’)

I had coffee yesterday with a friend who works in the tech world. He had come from an interview with a ‘start-up’ company that is expanding rapidly. He specialises in the field of enabling start-ups to develop. However, his work is often very unstable – he can spend an enormous amount of time and energy …

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Friday 27 February

Family Worship

One of my greatest joys in life is worshipping God with my wife and children – dancing around, singing, doing silly actions, getting breathless, bonding – with one another, and I believe, with God. The only thing that improves on this experience is doing it as a whole church family. Leading ‘family worship’, ‘all-age worship’, …

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Friday 13 February

Mission or Community Ministry?

I spent the morning yesterday at a theological symposium organised by the Cinnamon Network – thinking about the theology that undergirds our mission activity. In discussing some of the presentations with a friend, I found myself advancing an argument I’ve made for several years regarding the difference between mission and community ministry. I draw a …

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Friday 16 January

Show Up

It was a real privilege to host around 40 members of the west African community last night for an evening with our local MP, Meg Hillier. Men, women and children from the African Francophone community, mainly for Cote D’Ivoire, but also others, gathered to have a conversation with Meg about our neighbourhood, our country, and …

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