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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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Holy Habits

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 →

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.

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 →

Know Your Bible – Part 2 – The Spirit’s Guidance

In the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-40) we hear that the eunuch is returning from worship (v27), yet later (v31), he declares that he does not understand the scriptures he is reading, ‘how can I, unless… Continue Reading →

Know Your Bible – Part 3 – Faithful Living

In Part 2 I left our reading from Acts 2 by saying that one of the reasons to have a basic level of biblical teaching is to be able to listen discerningly to the preaching by others. But that is… 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 →

Fellowship

Christian fellowship is a key aspect of the Christian life. Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith, and encouragement. That is the essence of koinonia. Background Koinonia is a Greek word that occurs 20 times in the… 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 →

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