Dear Friends, This month on 26th May the Church celebrates Christ’s Ascension into heaven – an event that has always slightly puzzled me! Let me explain why. Both the book of Acts and Luke’s gospel tell us that before ascending, Christ gathered his disciples together and told them that they
In Scripture many of the sayings of Jesus come from extra-biblical sources, aphorisms, legends and stories. He takes wisdom from wherever it comes. It’s interesting to note that when he does quote Scripture itself, the only Hebrew Scriptures that he quotes are those that move towards mercy, justice and inclusivity.
Dear Friends, I don’t know about you, but I always feel somewhat deflated in the first couple of months of a new year. Maybe it’s the leaving of the family after wonderful Christmas and New Year celebrations, or the continued short days of damp grey weather and long dark nights,
Dear Friends, Happy New Year! Or is it? If the news headlines are to be believed 2022 may not be the happiest of years for many of us, with the uncertainties continuing around the Covid pandemic, climate change, and deteriorating international relationships being just a few of the things that might
Dear Friends, The other evening I caught a glimpse of one of my favourite cartoon characters, Bart Simpson, praying. It was Christmas Eve in the Simpson household and Bart prayed the following prayer: ‘O God, if you bring me lots of good stuff tomorrow, I promise not to do anything
Dear Friends This September we will be running a study course across the Brockenhurst, Boldre and South Baddesley group called Living in Love and Faith. It’s a five session course produced by the House of Bishops to help the Church of England explore the complicated, emotive and divisive issues of
Dear Friends, I wonder if you are all feeling slightly anxious about what to do with yourself in a week or so’s time – after all the European Cup, Wimbledon and the Olympics will no longer be on our TV screens (unless you’ve bought the Greatest Highlights Compilation!), and even