Deacon Ellen's recent sabbatical took her to the beautiful island of Iona
“Alleluia! Christ is Risen!” “He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!” That is my greeting to you in grateful thanks for the gift of our Saviour’s Resurrection and with heartfelt thankfulness to be back among you after my Sabbatical! As you may know, I looked at prayer and discipleship during my Sabbatical and one of my most rewarding trips was to spend time in prayer and contemplation with the Iona Community on the Isle of Iona, off Scotland’s west coast.
The world doesn't have to be as it is
On the day of Pentecost the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the Church. This same Spirit had brooded over the chaos waters at the time of creation, inspired the prophets, poets and kings of the Hebrew people, and descended on Jesus at his baptism. Now the Spirit fell like fire on the Apostles of Jesus so that his message of God's kingdom of love, justice and hope might reach the ends of the earth.
On the Day of Pentecost, the gift of the Spirit brought understanding, for all found they could understand each other's languages. In our divided world we pray for that gift, that there might be understanding between divided nations and conflicting ideologies, that the unreconciled might begin to walk the path of reconciliation.
Stuart Townend in concert
Geoff caught Stuart Townend at Darwen in May
We are all familiar with songs and hymns written by Stuart Townend – In Christ alone, How deep the Father’s love and so on, so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to see the man himself in concert at St Peter’s, Darwen on Friday 16th May. I anticipated something good; what we got was much more than good. This was an outstanding evening that was both concert and worship experience in one. It was a combination that I have never experienced so rewardingly and movingly before.
Chaplains come in all sorts of shapes and sizes!
Some are paid and work full time; others are voluntary and part time.
The Methodist Church has produced a course called "Chaplaincy Everywhere" to help people explore whether or not chaplaincy is part of their calling.
There is already interest in the circuit to undertake the 7 session course and it would be good to know if any others want to join (a peer group of between 3 and 8 is suggested).
Details can be found on the Methodist Church website :
From our Circuit's point of view, it would be exciting to explore the offer of a voluntary chaplaincy into a residential home ... or workplace ... or ??
for further information or to express an interest.