Messages from the Minister

Message from Revd Debbie Brown, w/c 20th December 2021

In the Advent Season four Advent Candles have been lit, the candles of hope, peace, joy and love; and at Christmas all four candles are lit along with the centre white candle – the ‘Christ Candle.’ The Christ Candle represents the light that Jesus Christ the Son brought into the world when he was born a baby. The fact that the Advent Candles remain on Christmas Eve puts the focus on this special moment of birth, the moment of transition from prophecy to fulfilment. So let us find some time in the business of the season to be still, to remember as we wait for Christmas, those who are still waiting for justice, peace and release. Those waiting to be seen, recognized and included; and as we go into our Christmas celebrations remembering the work of Jesus Christ to bring good news and proclaim a different way to live may we do the same.
Loving God,
who came that all may have life in all its fullness,
be with us as we go out into our own Christmas celebrations,
in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Merry Christmas.
Love Debbie

Message from Revd Debbie Brown, w/c 10th November 2021

Dear Friends,
In this time of remembering when we think about facing death or grieving the loss of a loved one we can find strength and comfort from the Bible. As we read the Bible God can speak to us and bring comfort and peace in times of deepest need. I receive strength, comfort and peace from Psalm 23- The Lord is my Shepherd. During the uncertainties of life and in the face of death we all, I believe, need the help of someone greater than us and that is God. God is close beside us and when we pass through the darkest valley of death we will not be alone because God has promised to be with us. God promises eternal life where we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
God Bless Love Debbie

Message from Revd Debbie Brown, w/c 6th September 2021

Dear Friends,
We will soon be celebrating harvest with our Harvest Services and this got me thinking about the food that we eat and the land that is toiled around the world; and how the effects of climate change have an impact on whether we receive good harvest or not. These days the food we eat comes from near and far and with this in mind maybe we could have displays based on produce from around the world. A reminder that we are all part of God’s creation and we all have a part to play in taking care of it. We thank God for all things bright and good.
God bless love Debbie

Message from Revd Debbie Brown, w/c 30th August 2021

Dear Friends,
Holding a Climate Sunday Service (5th September or earlier) is a good way for us to see how we can take long term action on climate change in the significant years ahead. I believe we can play a positive role in improving the environment around us and I would like to see our churches become environmentally friendly churches (Eco Churches). We already have an Eco Synod! By taking part churches will also be able to raise their voices for bolder action by governments in the run up to the COP26 UN climate negotiations, to be hosted by the UK in Glasgow in November 2021. This relates to the Global & Community Engagement sections of the Eco Church programme. The Eco Church scheme run by A Rocha guides churches in England and Wales towards expressing care for creation in five areas: worship; management and Church buildings; management of Church land; community and global engagement; and lifestyle. So let us take action to tackle the integrity of creation.
God bless love Debbie

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