MethoBytes

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

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John Evans

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 →

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 →

Why does all the Bible matter?

On Pentecost we remember when God’s inspiration really broke through to the disciples and other followers of Jesus. But how did the Hebrew Bible help the early Church understand how to follow Jesus? Why does all the Bible matter? Two winters… Continue Reading →

A Worship Circle

When thinking about worship, as part of our Holy Habits journey, I paired up two different experiences when I felt stunned to silence. One was a view few from a mountain top in Colorado. The other is of some of the tools… Continue Reading →

All creatures look to you

In 2005 there was an expedition to one of Asia’s most isolated jungles. It is in the Foya Mountains of western New Guinea. There, incredibly, scientists discovered a lost Paradise – unspoilt. It was described by the media as a… Continue Reading →

Tempting, isn’t it?

Gap years give people a chance to find themselves before heading towards their career. Finding true wilderness in lands such as Namibia is a popular way of stepping out and working out priorities. Jesus “gap” tests At the start of… Continue Reading →

Vision of life together

God of justice, you give us a vision for life together. You call us to work for a world and a society where what is broken is restored. This prayer was given to us by Rachel Lampard, Vice-President of the Methodist… Continue Reading →

He who loves community destroys community

At first sight, this quotation from Dietrich Bonhöffer seems antagonistic to the Fellowship theme in the Holy Habits programme. What is wrong with loving your community? This was Dietrich Bonhöffer’s warning: Innumerable times a whole Christian community has broken down because… Continue Reading →

The Advent light: are you a giver or taker?

The Advent run-up to Christmas starts with the last bite of teaching in Matthew: the pinnacle is the call to be a giver not a taker. The choice of the lectionary reading for the start of Advent (Matthew 24) is… Continue Reading →

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