The lifting of COVID restrictions

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In light of the government lifting restrictions the DCC has agreed to implement changes slowly and cautiously over the coming months. This is because the virus is still out there and, at present, case numbers are rising. Working through the risk assessment provided by the Church of England and, along with the wardens, and one other member of St Martin’s … Read More

Why bother with church?

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21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” – 1 Corinthians 12:21 Dear Brothers and Sisters, One of the things I missed during lockdown was being physically present with God’s people. As good as online services and Zoom have been, there is no substitute … Read More

Those who love God and serve

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1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. – James 1:1 Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this finds you well. For those of us who have been able to hear the current sermon series on James, I wonder how you are finding it? James talks about … Read More

Father’s day

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3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this finds … Read More

Jesus yesterday, today and forever

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8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8 Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this finds you well. There is currently lots of speculation about whether restrictions will be lifted on 21st June. Will they keep the date, or delay it by 2 weeks, or 4 weeks? Who knows?! I don’t know how you … Read More

The glorious future

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12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing. – Ezekiel 47:12 Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this … Read More

God’s world-wide building project

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4 As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him – 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says ‘See, I lay a stone … Read More

Recovering, regathering and pointing people to Jesus

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35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’ 38 Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else – to … Read More

Commemorating the Duke of Edinburgh

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18 The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18 Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this finds you well. Since our last post, HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh has died. As a Nation we have much to give thanks for his life; for his steadfast love and loyalty … Read More

New life

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14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, get up!’ 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. – Luke 7:14-15 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last week we started to look … Read More