God of love, At this time of change, we pray to you.For the people of this country, we pray to you.For the people of the European Union, we pray to you.For the people of the world, we pray to you.For the future health of our planet, we pray to you.For our elected representatives, we pray to … Continue Reading →
Rev Simon Stevenette spent a remarkable evening on health and wellbeing and discovering treasure in life’s scars last Thursday with Patrick Regan. Kintsugi Hope is a charity based in the UK striving to make a difference to people’s mental wellbeing. ‘Kintsugi’ (金継ぎ) is a Japanese technique for repairing pottery with … Continue Reading →
Churches across the UK will this weekend be singing a new praise song that “aims to build unity in our church and our nation post-Brexit”.
With Britain having left the European Union at 11pm yesterday, the singer-songwriter Andy Flanagan said that his song Reconciled (for Brexit and Beyond) would apply some balm to church communities left bitterly divided by the government’s protracted attempt to carry out the result of the in/out referendum in 2016.
Flanagan, who is also a director of Christians in Politics, helped to organise Brexit debates in Anglican, other Protestant and Catholic churches in 2019, but was shocked by some of the bitter arguments that ensued.
In response to the “climate crisis”, Christ Church with St Mary’s (Immanuel URC too, I believe) aspires to become an “eco-congregation”. On 4 January, Christ Church’s Men’s Breakfast group discussed what this might mean and its implications for churches and individuals. The breakfast group was established by a former curate, … Continue Reading →
Did you know that the Partnership of Churches in Old Town publish a regular magazine full of local interest and spiritual insights?
Recently, we received a copy of a 1961 video recording of the Vicarage Summer Garden party. The film came to all the way from New Zealand care of the Dorrington family who come from Aukland. 58 years is a long time but we wonder if anyone can identify either themselves … Continue Reading →
The recent cold weather brought some brilliant pictures of Christ Church. You can see more in our albumhttp://bit.ly/CCnewspictures
Home Groups are a great way of learning about our faith, but also supporting and encouraging one another on our journey. We have social activities; try to look outwards to our community and generally have fun. At present we have a variety of groups which meet at different times, and … Continue Reading →
Swindon Youth for Christ are looking for churches who we can partner with in taking the good news relevantly to every young person in Swindon. This coming school year, we have two gap year students who would like to work with us and learn from the experience. One is from … Continue Reading →