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

Category Encounter

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: Jesus’ Baptism and Temptations

Jesus’ Baptism You may ask yourself, “why does Jesus need to be baptised? Surely he is the only person who doesn’t need it?” But the point of Jesus wanting to be baptised by John was that Jesus was identifying himself,… 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 →

Getting Ready

Advent is here! Christmas is coming! One of my habits as we get nearer to Christmas Day is to read ‘A Christmas Carol ’ by Charles Dickens.  Last week I went to a one-man presentation of that ageless story presented… 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 →

The Transfiguration

In our digital age, it’s become so easy to capture any moment in a picture. Holidays, weddings, even the meal we’ve just ordered can be recorded for posterity and uploaded to social media – shared for our friends to comment… Continue Reading →

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