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Mark’s Monday Message

Is ‘it’ coming home? Well I guess most of us (unless we have personal connections to Denmark, Italy or Spain – or Scotland!) wish that to be the case next Sunday. But what is this national obsession we have for the beautiful game, particularly when we have fallen short so many times over the years? Why do we find ourselves singing the national hymn of…

Mark’s Monday Message

Today I thought I’d remind you of the quote I used from Bonhoeffer in his book Life Together:  “I must release the other person from every attempt of mine to regulate, coerce, and dominate (them) with my love. The other person needs to retain (their) interdependence of me; to be loved for what (they) are; as one for whom Christ became man, died and rose…

Mark’s Monday Message

Are you someone who embraces change or avoids it? What do we do when change happens around us which we have no control over? We all deal differently with change and yet change is inevitable, particularly in our current environment as we begin to set ourselves back on our feet after over a year of lockdowns. The world around us has changed forever – How are we going…

Mark’s Monday Message

What a joy to finally have a congregation present at our second service yesterday morning and also to be gathering 3 times in the day with 3 different groups. We began with a thoughtful spoken word service at 8:30am; had a great time celebrating Pentecost with the band led by Lou at 10:30am and then finished the day commissioning our children and youth workers and praying…

Mark’s Monday Message

As we begin to emerge from (hopefully) the final lockdown we thought it might be useful to outline our hopes for a return to more face-to-face church over the next few months. We have already restarted our early morning communion service at the new time of 8:30am which you can book on to via church suite or by contacting Sarah in the Church Office by 6pm on the preceding…

Mark’s Monday Message

Morning all. There are signs of spring around us and also signs of (hopefully) the final lockdown lifting and us returning to familiar activities such as church in-person in the near future. I have been particularly impressed recently by a recent article by Simon Burton-Jones, the bishop of Tonbridge. He talks about the importance of not rushing into a recovery plan…

Mark’s Monday Message

On International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the amazing women in our lives and pray for them to know the fullness of what God has for them. As Nicky Gumbel posted this morning: “2000 yrs ago Jesus repeatedly liberated and affirmed women- treating men and women as equals. Women were the last at the cross and the first at the tomb – the first to be…

Mark’s Monday Message

Today, as we are in Lent, I wanted to briefly reflect on that word – sin. Its such a divisive word isn’t it? And it brings up all sorts of connotations – which are probably different for each of us and often unhelpful too. And misuse of the word can lead to division, isolation, rejection and judgmentalism. I have a friend who once told me that they would never step…

Mark’s Monday Message

The signs of Spring are always accompanied by fresh signs of hope and this year in particular we need those signs of hope, so I encourage you to try and get outside for a bit this week and look for those snowdrops and other spring plants pushing through the soil and to listen out for the birdsong. Symbols and signs are so important to us and this Lent we will be looking…

Mark’s Monday Message

I recently discovered a reflection on a boat in a dry dock and felt it was relevant to us at this time. The image is someone else’s but is adapted by me. As you may know, a dry dock is a place for holding boats that need inspection and attention. Boats are supported and held in place as water is removed from the dock. The hulls are therefore exposed so that, what is…

Carol Service

If you would like to view this year’s Carol Service (look out for some familiar faces from around the village) then just follow this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/2V5Bp8wLgbA Thank you to all the participants and tech team.

Christingle Mornings

As we can’t hold our usual service this year, we are hosting two Christingle mornings on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December. Come along and make your Christingle in the church or hall in your family/support groups or collect a takeaway kit to make them at home. No need to book – just come along between 10.00am and midday on either morning.