Bible Version Confusion

Printed Bible Versions

Bibles in a Bookshop

When I was young, when anyone wanted a new Bible, it was easy to choose which version, for there were very few versions other than the King James version. In fact, I cannot remember seeing anything other than the King James Bible in the bookshops and all the Bibles given out to the children at Sunday school anniversaries were universally King James Bibles.  Then in 1961 the New English version of the New Testament appeared, followed in 1970 by the Old Testament.  From then onwards it seemed as if a new Bible translation appeared every few months and today we have hundreds.  It is not apparently possible for anyone to give an accurate number of the current number of English translations, since there are also large numbers of partial Bibles containing a single testament, groups of books, or just a single book, but the American Bible Society, taking everything into consideration, thinks there are around 900 English language versions of the Bible available today and I am not sure whether this figure is just for printed versions or includes digital versions too.

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Prayer for Week 26th February 2017

Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 26th February 2017

Child Reading the BibleTeach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to grudge the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to seek for any reward, save that of knowning that we do your will; through Christ our Lord. Amen

Ignatious of Loyola (c. 1491 – 1556)

Guardians of Ancora


Guardians of Ancora is a Scripture Union England and Wales project to utilise modern digital technology to teach 8 to 11 year old children about Jesus and encourage them to read the Bible.  It is a huge project based around a computer game which is playable on tablet computers and smart phones, which is what most children will use.  Unfortunately, there is not currently a version which will run on Windows based computers.  The following is a list of tablets and phones which will accommodate the Guardians of Ancora App:

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Children’s Holiday Club 2016


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.

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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