In just the 11 years I've been in full time ministry I've seen a progressive change in society. People are busier, more is demanded by employers, especially it seems the government and local authorities. People are more stressed and pressured than I can ever remember. At the same time things that contributed to keeping society and communities together have been eroded:
The Sabbath rest of Sunday (a special day to slow down, a day for God and family) is now far less observed for a whole range of reasons.

Read more: What place has Lent in a busy world?

Wholeness and well-being are words which are bandied about a lot, but they are concepts that the Christian faith has a lot more to say about than many imagine.

Read more: Happy New Year

Jesus exuded hope. In his words and his actions he surprised, encouraged, challenged, comforted, even upset – but he always brought hope to those who felt that all was lost. ‘I have come so you may have life, life to the full,’ he said ‘I have come not to condemn but to save.’ ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

Read more: Bringers of Hope

These days gyms are some of the busiest buildings in our communities. Physical health, exercise, diet are high on the agenda for many people, certainly in the media. Browse the window at Waterstones or WH Smiths and you’ll see umpteen books on diet, health and fitness. It’s big business. Lower down on the agenda however is spiritual health, the balance of body, mind and spirit. The Christian faith at its best has understood human beings to be an indivisible union of all three.

Read more: Finding Balance

Dear friends,

A few weeks ago in Worship Together we looked at the idea of the church as a family, as a community called together by God,  to meet together, to support, to love one another with the love God has for us and then to let that love overflow into the world around us.

Read more: The whole family of God