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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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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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