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

Author John Evans

Originating from Newcastle upon Tyne, I have lived in the Romsey area since 1976 and worked as an academic chemist (now semi-retired) in Southampton. I trained as a local preacher in Romsey and am active in that role. Formerly I was circuit tutor.

What kind of water?

Living water – enabling eternal life In John’s gospel, Jesus and his disciples travel from Jerusalem towards Galilee through Samaria. Technically they didn’t need to – they could have gone up the Jordan Valley but John often uses this imperative as… Continue Reading →

Encounters on the way: Flight to Egypt

I’m not sure what the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for travellers to Egypt from Judea might have been in about 4 BC; it formed the Roman province of Aegyptus then. There was an ancient highway running near the coast from Gaza… Continue Reading →

Encounters on the way: The magi and the mad king

What we know about the first encounter between the magi and Herod I (or Herod the Great) is described very succinctly in Matthew’s gospel: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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