Children’s Holiday Club 2016

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St Martin’s Methodist Church was transformed into ‘The Hall of Memories’ from 2nd to 5th August when over 40 children aged 4 to 11 gathered to take part in the annual holiday club event.

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This year the title was ‘Guardians of Ancora’. The children became ‘guardians’ searching for lost story treasures. Each story treasure uncovered helped the spire of light to shine brighter every day as the group learnt more about Jesus’ miracles. Continue reading

Fischer Random

Chess Game With a Dramtic SkySome of you will be aware that I give the answer ‘Chess’ when asked for my favourite sport. A good game between two well-matched players can be exhausting and exhilarating – a literal battle of minds in which tensions can and often do run very high. I have been to large theatres to watch world champions play live (the board is displayed on a large screen on stage to help everyone see) and sometimes the tension of the mental battle on stage is so great that audience members, and even players, have to leave quietly to find some mental diversion in order to relieve the nervous strain.

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Passion Week: A Bible Reading Journey

10_Triumphant_Entry_1024The last week of Lent is known either as Holy Week or Passion Week. We use it to reflect on Jesus’ own last week, starting with the celebrated Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem, and ending with the Good Friday crucifixion and Easter resurrection.

 

This Bible Reading Plan from Olive Tree Bible offers a selection of daily Bible readings to help follow this theme during the coming week.

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A Shining Light

“A Shining Light” (Matthew 2:1-12)

Scripture: Matthew 2:9-10 ESV
9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 

Reflection
In the cartoons, a sudden idea is often represented by the appearance overhead of a lit light bulb. Shining lights make us think of being dazzled, taken by surprise, found out. Perhaps we think of the dazzling light of Saul’s conversion. Whatever the connotation, the shining light can not be ignored.
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