Lent

It’s Shrove Tuesday, which means pancakes, pancakes, pancakes! It also means Lent is about to start and along with it talk of fasting. It’s easy to feel pressured to give something up or to feel guilty if you don’t so we thought we’d take a quick look at what Lent is all about so we try […]


God with us

Scandal. Suspicion. Slaughter. Not the usual words you associate with Christmas. But because we see it through the filter of the whole story (and perhaps because we don’t want to make small children cry) we sanitise what happened. We read about a pregnant virgin and know that Mary wasn’t lying. We don’t have to worry […]


Exams

What comes to mind when you think of exams? Panic? Confidence? Colourful revision guides or those strange individual desks? For some, just the thought of exams fills us with dread. If you’re taking exams this summer, there’s something you need to know: you are amazing. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), you are […]


Vulnerability

Remember your first day at school? Mine was pretty intense. I was 5. I remember that there was a whole area in the classroom dedicated to sand and water; that was pretty exciting. I bonded with a slightly older lad called David but he moved to France about six months later. Still, the sand and […]


Love your neighbour as yourself

What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘love your neighbour’? It comes from a passage in the Bible where Jesus was with a group of people and someone asked him: ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’ Jesus replied; ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with […]


Do not worry

Jesus gave us some pretty clear commands, one of which was: ‘do not worry’. Pretty simple right? So why is it that so many of us feel choked by worry? I don’t mean the odd concern about an exam or a big event, but worries that consume us and hold us back. Anxiety* is on […]


Waiting

Waiting, waiting, waiting… No one likes waiting. It doesn’t matter if it’s waiting to pay, waiting for a webpage to load, or waiting for a friend to respond to a text, it can be pretty annoying and feel like wasted time. But from 29th November until Christmas Eve the church enters into a whole season […]