Sunday Service

10th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 15) — Sunday 20th August 2017 Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28   The theme of our readings this week is that God’s mercy extends to those from all nations who come to Jesus in faith. In a section of his prophecy that will focus on the work […]

Anger over chain’s neon sign

THE FASHION chain Missguided has come under fire from a youth worker who was outraged at a large neon sign that read: ‘Send me nudes. X.’ The sign was displayed in their Bluewater, Kent, outlet but Tim Gough said that the chain was ignorant of the sexual pressures facing young people. He also highlighted the […]

A life in front of the camera

A life in front of the camera

By Tina Calder @TinaCalder   Former Vogue model Patience Bradley has had a life that people only dream of. From rubbing shoulders with celebrities in the high echelons of London society life as a teenager and having love affairs with some of the most famous names of the time. But there was a darker side […]

The splintering of UK social norms

BBC Woman’s Hour highlighted an unpleasant experience suffered by a woman at a music festival: someone took a photo up her skirt and the police did not take the incident up as they said no crime had been committed. A petition to rectify this gap in the law is apparently attracting many signatures. On the […]

Christian dogma

Alan Storkey   Christianity is facing a worldwide problem from dogmatic Christians. It is an odd problem. Jesus taught, asked questions, chastised weak answers, required his followers to think and think again, and conveyed a God-filled understanding that touched every part of life and the universe. As a result Christianity has led world history in […]

Lift Up Your Voice!

Lift Up Your Voice!

Anglican Life RSCM   We report from a Lift Up Your Voice singing evening on Tuesday 13 June 2017 at St Laurence, Winslow. Directed by Miles Quick, RSCM Head of Congregational and Instrumental Music…   What do you suggest to a church that has either no musician at all or very over-stretched resources, but wants […]

Bets and theses as we remember the Reformation

Bets and theses as we remember the Reformation

The usual feedback that I receive about articles is that I’m not ‘wearing of the green.’I can sing ‘Danny Boy’ as tunefully as fellow Whitstabubbleian Barry McGuigan but critics mean I’m cool on ‘global warming.’ Last month I enthused about France, hence this time Protestant reminders that 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses.Therefore […]

We are too captive to the lobby groups

During a rainy week’s holiday in the UK my National Trust card got plenty of use. But as I was on an Internet diet I was unaware of the controversy over the fact that the Trust had jumped on the pro-gay bandwagon and was requiring its volunteers in one stately home to wear rainbow lanyards […]

In praise of holiday clubs

In praise of holiday clubs

By Chris Sugden   “I have never seen my child so enthusiastic about anything before – except Father Christmas” – overheard in the village library after our second Eynsham Churches Holiday Club. Such events had happened over 15 years ago, but started again in 2016 through contact with the neighbouring benefice of Hanborough whose holiday […]

A ministry in the cricket world

A ministry in the cricket world

Former Director Andrew Wingfield Digby (Wingers) is now back on board as a volunteer, spearheading the outreach of Christians in Sport to the world of professional cricket. Here he describes how that work has grown over the years.   Many people may find it hard to imagine what it was like in 1984 when I […]