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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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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 →

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 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 →

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 →

“From now on you will…”

The final service of the Romsey Methodist Circuit before it merged with the Winchester & Eastleigh Circuit gave us the chance to reflect on how we received the Good News and how crucial it is that we will pass it… Continue Reading →

Are We Nearly There Yet?

As we are getting closer to the school holidays, with many a long journey involved, that phrase will be heard up and down the country from the back seat of countless cars.

Referendum: Reconciliation, Reflection, and Reform

The referendum result demands us to question why and what next. The imperative is reconciliation of “Leavers” and “Remainers”.

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