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Julia’s Newsletter – January 2018

Covenant Sunday As is our tradition, early in the New Year we meet to renew our covenant with God. This is a distinctively Methodist practice which can be traced back to the first covenant service held by John Wesley in 1755. That first service took place in August, but it soon became the custom for […]

Steve’s Newsletter – November 2017

Autumn Leaves I think one of my favourite times of year is the autumn, when the leaves turn and start to fall. Autumn’s an oxymoron really, as it’s the ‘end’ of a ‘never-ending’ circle of life, as we await the spring and the new life it brings. For us too, life can sometimes seem to […]

Julia’s Newsletter – October 2017

Reformation 500 The 31st October 2017, will mark 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his “95 These,” to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg Germany, so triggering the process, that would lead to The Reformation. Not that he set out to do this in the beginning. He was a Catholic priest and Augustinian […]

Julia’s Newsletter – September 2017

Harvest Home and Fidget Pie Harvest celebrations are one of the worlds oldest festivals, predating Christianity and celebrated by the both the Ancient Greeks and the Romans. In Britain the first corn was cut at Lammas Time, on the 1st August. It was originally a pagan festival, but gradually it developed into a Christian one, […]

Julia’s Newsletter – July/August 2017

RETUNING Dear Readers, I write this on the hottest day of the year, reflecting that this is weather for the beach and not for dog collars and work. Still, not long now until a week away in France and an opportunity to recharge the batteries after a full and eventful year. Though in terms of […]

Julia’s Newsletter – June 2017

The Coming of the Spirit   The feast of Pentecost comes 50 days after the Passover and, due to the favorable June weather, Jerusalem was filled with pilgrims. The disciples were there; huddled together in one room, back to the number 12, having replaced Judas with Matthias. They were doing what Jesus has asked them […]

Julia’s Newsletter – May 2017

Polly Wolly Doodle all the Way! The 14th – 20th May, marks Dementia Awareness Week in the UK, all of which has got me reminiscing about conversations with my Mother, when she still had the ability to speak. I can remember in the early days of her dementia, that we would have the liveliest conversations. […]

Julia’s Newsletter – April 2017

STATIONS OF THE CROSS The Stations of the Cross are a traditional Christian devotion, begun by the Franciscans in the 17th century, to help pilgrims engage and meditate on the Passion of Christ. There are 14 stations or pictures in total, which begin with Christ being condemned to death and journey through to him taking […]

Julia’s Newsletter – March 2017

Women’s World Day of Prayer The Women’s world day of prayer (WWDP) is unique. It is the largest ecumenical movement in the world, being the only one where Orthodox, Protestant, Catholic and Evangelical Christians come together to worship and pray for mission. The movement’s particular focus is upon the experience of women and children throughout […]