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Charles Montagu writes “It’s been a year now – more than a year – since our interregnum began,” said one church warden to another. Is that a long wait? In a way, yes. But there are other waits that have been much longer. Paul wrote to the Galatians: But when the set time had fully …read the full article.
Many people would be glad for a one-year anniversary. The day they met their best friend; their wedding day; when they passed their driving test; a niece or nephew’s first birthday; the day they left high school… the list could go on. And in some way or other, they’d want to be saying “Happy Birthday!” …read the full article.
Early Christians often gathered on the name day of a saint – usually the date of his/her death. Originally held at a shrine or gravesite, many of these gatherings eventually evolved into festivals in honour of the saint, thus becoming known as feast days. Churches, towns, and guilds all had patron saints and held celebrations …read the full article.
On Sunday June 11th there will be an 8.45am service but no 10.30am service. Yes, you heard right… there will be no 10.30am service. Instead, like last year, the whole church family will be meeting together for a day of fellowship, teaching, worship and fun at Ashington Community Centre. There will be much cake (as is …read the full article.
It seems everyone is talking about it. Even Royalty. Mental Health. I must admit I’m very glad. And May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s been observed in the U.S. since 1949, amazingly, and has reached many millions with its message. But what does it mean for us? I suffered my first major episode of …read the full article.
Or is it? “Here we go again. Another Christian festival kidnapped and rebranded by the evils of the secular world. When are they going to let us worship in peace?” I can see where that sentiment comes from. The ‘world’ has indeed taken Easter, the most important Christian festival, and turned it into a world …read the full article.
DESTINATION UNKNOWN! By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8) We are now four months into our interregnum and have much to be thankful for. There have been many encouragements and …read the full article.
St Matthew’s second prayer day was on Saturday 14 January 2017. Do come down, they are wonderful days to reflect. There is always someone there to welcome you and provide you with a tea or coffee and a biscuit. Those who know me, know I have tendency to pack in too main things into my …read the full article.
Three things that don’t make sense…. Why did Sara-Jane ask me to write this article?! Why isn’t the treasurer talking about money in Stewardship month? Where’s the sense in God’s timing in our lives? This is Stewardship month, when churches are encouraged to think about their stewardship, so it makes sense for the treasurer to …read the full article.
Charles Montagu, Church Warden writes: Our period of interregnum at St Matthew’s began officially on 1st Nov 2016. It is likely to last at least nine months. We give thanks for our friendship with John & Basma and wish them every blessing in their new ministry. At the same time we must look ahead and …read the full article.