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Being With – Graham’s blog

February 27, 2019 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Being With – Graham’s blog We have embarked on a series of services on Sunday mornings looking at ‘Being with’. Try this thought – God’s chosen goal from creation onwards has been to be with us. From walking in the Garden of Eden – to being present in the Holy Spirit, from being in the temple to being among us […]
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Lammy versus Dooley – Graham’s blog (2)

February 27, 2019 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Lammy versus Dooley – Graham’s blog (2) Lammy versus Dooley ( https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47400300 ) David Lammy MP, pictured below has picked up on the approach of Comic Relief: “My problem with British celebrities being flown out by Comic Relief to make these films is that it sends a distorted image of Africa which perpetuates an old idea from the colonial era.” as he […]
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“Spes durat avorum” – Let the hope of our ancestors endure – Graham’s blog

February 5, 2019 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for “Spes durat avorum” – Let the hope of our ancestors endure – Graham’s blog The motto of the high school I attended in my youth was “spes durat avorum” which translated means “let the hope of our ancestors endure”. Now as a teenager that never struck me as the most spiritually insightful or the most exciting motto one could have for a school. But looking back now I think […]
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Hope in Precarious Times – Graham’s blog

December 20, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Hope in Precarious Times – Graham’s blog So a baby is about to be born in this brutal and brilliant world. A baby come to be the Saviour of the world. This is weird, a way to put the world straight which is either breath-taking in its naivety or profoundly wrong-footing the powers that be. At the first nativity, Israel was gripped […]
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Baby Jesus do do do! Graham’s blog 2

December 19, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Baby Jesus do do do! Graham’s blog 2 “Baby Shark” is a song and dance that has captured the attention of young children and families this year. It has had over 2 million hits on Youtube. Margaret Brownlee wrote some Christian words to the song – many others have done this – so this is just one version. The children at Fairburn View […]
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Grandparents at the crib. Graham’s blog

November 19, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Grandparents at the crib. Graham’s blog If things go according to plan, Margaret and I will become grandparents for the first time on Boxing Day! So, a new perspective comes into our lives. With my new identity I have noticed that there are no grandparents in the Christmas story. Now I am not arguing for 2 new fabled figures around the […]
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Message from Graham

November 8, 2018 Graham's Message
We come to ‘Holy Week’ – the 8 days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. It is quite a journey, which unfolds in intimate moments at the Last Supper or in Gethsemane but also in the public theatre of entering the city, a show trial before Pilate and crucifixion before all. There are two words […]
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On diversity and church – a Christian view. Graham’s blog

October 11, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for On diversity and church – a Christian view. Graham’s blog One of most valuable attributes of a local church congregation is being a diverse community.At a social level this provides mixed human interaction and caring in an increasingly isolated and compartmentalised society. Old and young mixing together and so able to enjoy vitality, friendships and new perspectives. The connections and support mechanisms churches can offer […]
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Make a change

September 27, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Make a change In August 2016 American footballer Colin Kaepernick first ‘took the knee’; in 2006 Tarana Burke began using the ‘Me Too’ phrase which went viral in 2017 following actress Alyssa Milano’s stand against sexual harassment, in July 2017 an outcry followed the publication of a report showing that two thirds of the highest earners at the […]
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A Pentecost Letter to Peter

May 26, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for A Pentecost Letter to Peter Peter, I know you as a fisherman follower of Jesus. Speaking out what everyone else was thinking, promising what you could not deliver, but with a faith to keep going. The risk taker still standing. I am in your stead as a Christian – a follower of Jesus of Nazareth. In your stead as a […]
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