Stripped altar on Maundy Thursday
You've come back from work, from a holiday away, from meeting with friends or family. However good it might be to get away, it's always good to be home again: to be surrounded by possessions that make us feel comfortable and at ease. Home tends to be where our most special memories are made, as it is our association with others over years in that place which change it from being a house into becoming a home. Have you ever come home to find the front door open or a window broken? To enter what should be your place of security - only to find things in disarray? Of course a robbery brings ...


And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. John 12:32‭-‬33 ESV When you were growing up, you probably had an idea of what you would want your future to be. As a youngster, my brother and me were bought a pair of overalls that had a space shuttle and astronaut on the breast pocket. I wanted then to be a spaceman - to fly into space and be an astronaut myself. Times change though and through school and college, my interests varied from history to biology and finally where I am now: IT. Your pa...


Star Trek - The City on the Edge of Forever
As many of you know, I'm a fan of science-fiction. Star Trek especially: I'm currently working through Star Trek in a chronological order. Sure, Kirk and Spock were the first on our television sets, back in the sixties - but then CBS decided to make sequels years later: an animated cartoon series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Star Trek can be a bit - to quote from another favourite, Doctor Who - “timey-whimey” though; with our gallant crews going back and forth in time in various episodes. Coupled with the individual series storylines, Enterprise was a preq...

Patience is a virtue, virtue is a grace

    Many of us grew up being reminded of the old adage “Patience is a virtue, virtue is a grace”. Patience is one of the 9 fruits of the spirit listed by Paul in his letter to the Galatians. But for me certainly, it’s one of the hardest to attain. Often there is no other way forward than to be patient. We may find ways round this. A young relative of mine recently wrote to me listing several methods of distraction which she has found to fill her time as she waited for her first baby to be born. So much in life are out of our control. We have to wait in traffic jams, at c...

Team red or team blue?

Christ and Samaritan woman
I don't expect this will come as a surprise - but I am pretty awesome. Seriously: I have all the best ideas. My opinion isn't opinion - it's fact - and you lot? Well, somebody needs to be second place I suppose. I'm the person who bought VHS when you thought Betamax was the future. I had an iPod when you lot were buying into the Microsoft Zune. And MySpace or Friends Reunited? Grief - get with the times, it's all about Facebook now! I'm team red and you are team blue: I'm not even sure, frankly, why I'd bother to speak to you. Growing up and hearing in assemblies at primary sc...

The Bishop of Pennington

Colin Cousins
It all started with a knock on the door by Revd. Paul Renyard. He needed an organist for evensong, and also to deputise for Leigh when she was not available. Nearly 50 years ago I had left school with a diploma from the Royal College of Music (piano), a passing knowledge of organ playing, and a desire not to be a professional musician like my parents. On retiring from the NHS and thinking it might be an idea to get to know the king of instruments more intimately, this prompted me to look around for an instrument on which to practice. Thus began my acquaintance with the idiosyncratic 184...

The Temptation of Jesus

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.  The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”  But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concernin...

Forty days and forty nights

Ash Wednesday 2017
At work on Shrove Tuesday, it was a pleasant surprise to find that the company had gone all out for the occasion. Unfortunately, health and safety in the workplace dictates that there isn’t a hob; however, pre-made pancakes do nearly as well as the homegrown variety, nuked in the microwave briefly to bring them back to life. So, with I suspect a couple of hundred pancakes, sugar, lemon juice, chocolate spread, chopped bananas, toffee and strawberry sauces, maple and golden syrup and squirty-whipped cream, the office thoroughly enjoyed a pancake or three. I had ...eleven. My colleagues kn...

Thoughts from the Street Pastors

Ian and Ingrid, representing the Street Pastors
On Sunday 19th February, Ian from the New Forest South Street Pastors told us more about the vital work this group perform: trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community. The New Forest Police Constabulary were instrumental in seeking the introduction of Street Pastors to the region. The initial support of Inspector Alex Reading (the Commanding Officer based in Lymington) was strategic in encouraging cooperation with local government and churches in this initiative. After consulting with the New Forest South police and other agencies, the Lymington and Area churc...

In preparation for Lent

In Luke 9, we read that Jesus had been travelling around Galilee and the surrounding area, carrying out his ministry to preach the gospel, to bring the good news of salvation, and to heal the sick. His ministry was directed to the Jews, rather than the Gentiles, although he healed the daughter of the Canaanite woman when she pleaded with him that everyone was precious in God's sight. There has been a pattern of Jesus' ministry, of releasing all who responded to him from their burdens of sin as they saw in Him the light of God. In each of the synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, we find...