Bemused by the forthcoming and fundamental change in the UK’s relationship to the European Union, I found there was something profoundly helpful in the latest theological consultation between the Evangelical Church of the Palatinate (EKP) and the United Reformed Church. I was grateful to join the small group of URC people who travelled to Neustadt, near Mannheim, for a meeting with EKP counterparts. Our discussion was inspired by the bi-centenary of the 1818 re-uniting of Reformed and Lutheran Christians in southern Germany. Celebrating that historic reconciliation and enjoying a flourishing contemporary Anglo-German relationship was suggestive of so much to which we can cling while we wonder what it will all be like come March 2019.
August has been a busy month with quite a few things going on. From the 6 to the 10 August I was involved in a children’s holiday club at Westbury Gardens URC in Blackburn, my own church. Mal Breeze, the CRCW there, runs this Bible Based activity, supported by church members this time focusing on ‘waste’ and taking care of the environment. The children made things to take home, played games, watched a film and story about creation, sang songs and enjoyed food. There was a good mix of children from the local area around the church, which is a diverse community, all getting on well together and engaging happily with the Christian theme. On average between 25/30 children took part each day supported by adults from the three local URC’s that Mal works with. Parents were encouraged to come on the last day of the Holiday Club to see and hear about what their children had been doing. Continue reading
I wish I prayed more. And I am glad that holiday can be an opportunity to do so.
This year – as so often – the family’s summer break took us to Northumberland. Atop a rock on Bamburgh’s beach I was caught up in a silence that was broken only by soaring gulls, crashing waves and children playing in the distance. And gradually it became prayerful – not because I was saying anything, but perhaps precisely because I wasn’t. A question visited me in that noisy silence, ‘what does it mean to be a Christian today? Continue reading