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Being Church in Blacon (September 2017)
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Church’?  A building?  A group of people?  Well, the word is used for both.  And when people gather together to be ‘Church’, what do they do?  What does worship look like?  We tend to think of singing hymns, reading the bible, saying prayers, sitting (or standing or kneeling) in pews, with clergy wearing different sort of clothes.  The list goes on and on. 
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Being God's Presence in Blacon (August 2017)
I am writing this just a few days after the wonderful fundraising concert many members of this church took part in to raise funds for the British Red Cross fund to support the victims of the terrible Grenfell Tower Fire (see page 10 for more about that). It was a tremendous concert, not only because of the £460 raised for such a good cause, but also because it brought together people of all ages from around the community, in concern for the plight of others who live hundreds of miles away, whom we might never meet. (read more)
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Bring and Share (July 2017)
I am writing this not long after the parish ‘Bring and Share’ meal we held to celebrate Trinity Sunday, which as Holy Trinity Church is particularly special to us.  While Bring and Share is a good enjoyable formula for a meal together which many parishes are very familiar with, it has been less common here in Blacon, because in previous years we have had meals (extremely capably) catered for us by members of the Social Committee.
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Giving for the Lord (June 2017)
We serve a God who gives.  He gave his only Son.  He gives us His love and mercy.  He gives us the whole of creation for our blessing and enjoyment.  And the Bible describes how God gives enormously generously.  God’s generosity is far more abundant than we can get our minds around.  He gives us when we don’t deserve anything at all.  He gives in such enormous quantities it overflows.  And He wants us to give with just the same attitude.
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What’s most important to us (May 2017)
The vision statement for the church, which has been at the front of our Parish News for a while now, is ‘Reaching out with Christ to all’.  We recognise the importance of reaching out, because the alternative, to retreat behind closed doors and just focus on ourselves, is a recipe for the church to wither and die.  We reach out in much of the worship we do as a church, but also in all the work of our Community Outreach Project, Monday to Thursday each week.  It’s only by reaching out that we will be connected with the community, and able to develop and grow.
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First Hand Experience (April 2017)
It is always so much more compelling to experience something first-hand.  Witnessing that goal scored when standing a matter of yards away is much more memorable than seeing it screened on the TV.  Talking face-to-face with a person has more impact than hearing second-hand about a someone’s opinions. 
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God Welcomes All! (March 2017)
It does not matter who you are, or what kind of person other people say you are, God welcomes you!  That is a wonderful, beautiful truth about our God. Read more...
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Being Changed into His Likeness (February 2017)
The last Sunday in February, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, is traditionally called Quinquagesima, literally meaning ‘fiftieth’, because it is fifty days before Easter.   I love the Collect (special prayer) for that Sunday: ‘Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death on the cross:  give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory.’
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We Need to Know (January 2017)
I write this at a time of very mixed emotions, we are celebrating the joy of Christmas with many children from local schools – young faces glowing with the excitement about the birth of the baby Jesus.  Their enthusiasm is quite infectious. 
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Building the Future (December 2016)
It seems hard to believe that it was all the way back in March 2015 that PCC first discussed the possibility of alterations within the church, to accommodate the needs of our growing Outreach Project, and to improve our worship space.  Even since those first conversations, the Outreach Project has continued to grow, and to become a major feature of the life of this church and of the community.
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