Who is Father Christmas?

Article in Stretton Focus December 2020 There are three stages in our relationship with Father Christmas. Stage one – we believe in Father Christmas; stage two – we don’t believe in Father Christmas; stage three – we become Father Christmas. In the first stage of childhood, we revel in the excitement of make-believe, with Santa […]

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Open and Questioning

Article in Stretton Focus November 2020 Opening and Questioning Worship is not there because God demands it: it is there for man. If the lockdown did nothing else, it showed us that the world still goes around without collective worship. The world doesn’t fall apart if praise, confession, absolution, sacraments, ceremony and all their trappings […]

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Coming of Age

Article in Stretton Focus August 2020 The title of my piece usually refers to the time when young people reach a stage of maturity where we ‘cut the apron strings’, and move into adulthood. Before that, we were more like sheep being led, and fed and guided: but in coming of age, we accept the […]

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Sailing forward

Article in Stretton Focus June 2020 The practice of religion is built on two ships, Worship and Fellowship. These two vessels normally sail together through the sea of life. Now storms have blown them apart and, separated, their essential characteristics get highlighted. Worship is at sea, moving into a new ocean. It has moved out […]

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Change

Article in Stretton Focus July 2020 What has been the greatest influence for change in recent years? Politics? Religion? Philosophy? No! Shopping!! According to a recent article in The Week home delivery is reshaping the world. Take John Lewis as an example. They used to sell through department stores but in the 10 years 2006 […]

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Flowers do Bloom in the Desert

Article in Stretton Focus March 2020 After the most devastating forest fires Australia has known, the signs of new life and growth are well underway. Spring does come again. Life renews itself, not necessarily in the same way. New species or mutations emerge. For faith communities this is full of meaning and expectation and all […]

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What do you believe?

Article in Stretton Focus, January 2020 I will lay my cards on the table. I believe that ‘believing’ is an overrated and even dangerous religious practice. Overrated, because saying that you believe something or other doesn’t make it true. At one time people said they believed that the earth was flat, or that the earth […]

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Latest Church News

Returning to Morning Worship Services are now taking place each week, with hymn singing. Please look at the section on Coming Up – Forthcoming services for details.   Church Audio/Visual upgrade The Church itself, like the Hall next door, has now been equipment with a projector and screen to enable presentations to be made both […]

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Newsletter 7th July 2021

CHURCH STRETTON UNITED REFORMED CHURCH  7th July 2021  Edition 35   Dear Friends, While the weather cannot really be described as the peak of summer we have had just enough sunshine and freedom from rain to enjoy the garden and to get out and about a bit. I hope you have been able to as […]

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