Calling the faithful city back to the faithful God

The Fire Lily

I wasn’t a great science student at school, barely scraping through two exams aged sixteen and only waking up in lessons when unusual words were introduced: The Uriniferous Tubules was…

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Sunday Night Telly

Major TV channels going head to head with rival big budget productions is nothing new but usually, maybe due to intrusive adverts or plain snobbery, I’m a BBC girl through…

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Starter for Ten

Around a hundred of us thoroughly enjoyed The Big Quiz last Saturday night, the first evening of the new 2018 SPBC social programme. I’ve never gone as far as joining…

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Right to Roam?

In the classic Peanuts cartoons, there’s a line I love about not needing a national children’s day because ‘every day is children’s day.’ To a poet every day is a…

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Into That River We Dived

It was a game changer for me. I can still hear the haunting ballads and bluesy harmonica even when no music is actually playing. The River album by Bruce Springsteen.…

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Truths in Tension

It was great to see church and community united in candlelit celebration as we considered ‘Hope at Christmas’ through word, dance, and song.  A modern rendering of an ancient proverb…

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Ball, Goal, Ball, Goal?

I know two people who coach sport, grass-roots football and elite hockey in their cases, but the idea of coaching others has gained currency in many other walks of life,…

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What moves your heart?

For many of us reality TV and talent shows fill out our viewing diet. I’m not averse to some pop-diva-wannabes vying for record-deal supremacy, but when it comes to kicking…

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Waiting for Godot?

On Sunday evenings this month in church the theme is Patience, a ‘fruit of the Spirit’. Chaucer described patience as a conquering virtue whilst Aristotle talked of it being bitter…

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Clueless?

(to our Community with Love) Being a long time fan of Jane Austen I also rated the movie Clueless, based loosely on the story of Emma, with Alicia Silverstone’s portrayal…

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