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The thoughts and experiences of the folk who lead worship in Methodist Churches in Romsey (Test Valley) and the New Forest.

Let God enjoy his creation?

The writer of Psalm 104 tells of the divine care in creation and then starts his hymn of praise with: The glory of God – let it last forever! Let God enjoy his creation! Psalm 104:31 (The Message) The psalmist… Continue Reading →

Bridging divides

When we were on holiday last month, I was looking through the social media stuff and read something like: what most divides Christians is the way they read the Bible This rather worried me: sometimes we Christians can be very… Continue Reading →

Carbon offsetting – a licence to pollute?

This is the question posed by Caroline Pomeroy, Director of Climate Stewards. Caroline gave the address at the 2018 Pentecost service at Romsey Methodist Church. Here are her thoughts. As I drove with my family through a remote valley in south-western Uganda… Continue Reading →

The slaves are always with us?

“So let us learn how to serve” was the title of our launch of the theme of Service in the Holy Habits programme, and ““Stop the Traffik” was the focus. Different ways to give service to such an issue were… Continue Reading →

What’s yours is mine…

“What’s yours is mine and what’s mine’s my own.” This is a model that I was offered when we were married: the opportunity to give everything away to my partner, who would happily receive it. But she knew my resources… Continue Reading →

That Temple Moment

Simeon took [Jesus] in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,     you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:… Continue Reading →

Practising the Presence of God

Andrew Roberts wrote in his Holy Habits book: Prayer in all its fullness and richness re-orientates and establishes us in right relationships with God, those we love and the world God cares for. It is a holy and transformative habit… Continue Reading →

Listening spaces

Listening spaces was the term which really struck me during the preparation of my service within the Prayer theme of Holy Habits.

The Church in Every Age

Bryan Coates questioned us at the Anniversary of Romsey Methodist Church about our role and purpose.   Bryan reminded us that Sir David Frost had lived in the nearby village of Michelmersh. In 1962, the BBC broadcast the satirical programme, “That… Continue Reading →

Know Your Bible – Part 1 – The Apostles’ Teaching

We read in Acts 2:42 that the early church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching”. But what was the apostles’ teaching? 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…. Continue Reading →

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