Monthly Archives: November 2011

What should church be like? Mystery and clarity.

In our ‘market research evening’ last week one of the participants answered the question “What should happen in church?” with this: Church should give a sense of ‘being wowed’ to those who come. There should be some mystery, colour and … Continue reading

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Church market research – an evening with three men.

On Friday I went out for a curry with three guys who I had met through the football group, at the excellent local Indian restaurant. I had invited them specifically to take part in what I called a ‘market research … Continue reading

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Cause to give thanks

This weekend we had our church Thanksgiving meal, the second one we have held in Northampton. Thanksgiving is one of the American holidays that my wife misses from when she was growing up in the States, and as it always … Continue reading

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Church and community

1) Community social life is necessary for healthy religious life, and 2) if the church is going to succeed it must recognise the social needs of the community and assume its share of the leadership in social activities. A quote … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day and the secular calendar.

On Remembrance Sunday I led a little service for the community on the old graveyard behind the former hospital chapel. The hospital was used as a war hospital during the First World War, and many of the people suffering from … Continue reading

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Baby support group starts well…

Our second Little Bundles group for new mums is on this morning. Last week at our first session we welcomed five mums, four of whom I had met before in other settings and were keen to come. We had a … Continue reading

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