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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.

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John Evans

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 →

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 →

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