The Children’s Society: Settling the minds of unaccompanied young people

As we celebrate the work of the Children's Society through our Morning Praise service this weekend, we bring you a blog post from the charity directly - which highlights one of the many ways they help children in trouble in our modern world. By Rupinder Parhar of the Children's Society policy team. The Children's Socity offer support for unaccompanied young people, who are in the UK without their parents, often having experienced violence, family breakdown, exploitation and other struggles before arriving here. Their recent report, Distress Signals: Unaccompanied young people’s strug...
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Let marriage be held in honour among all

Wedding Bands
Fifteen years ago (well, nearly sixteen) I met the woman I was going to marry. I took my time – but eventually the dropped hints from her finally rung home – and I proposed to Sam just under seven years ago. Coming to church originally as “the done thing” to qualify for marrying in a church, it became “the right thing” for me – and six years ago I celebrated my new found faith through baptism and confirmation. Five years ago in June, Sam and I married here in St Marks. Take a look at the final chapter of Hebrews and it talks, amoungst other things, about marriage. Indeed, quite clearly it s...
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Plastic World: a sermon from 19th August 2018

A talk given at our August informal 'Morning Praise' service by one of our congregation and Bishops Commission for Mission in Worship candidate, Paul. We live in a world filled with plastic - but what can we do with the end product: waste? And how would the original 'Earth Day Advocate', St Francis of Assisi, view our treatment of the creation he so loved now? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-FhQUFx4p0
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Understanding loss through Job

Job has suffered great tragedy in losing most of his family, all his possessions, and been struck with ‘loathsome sores’ from head to toe. Initially he is very angry, and some of his friends try to tell him that if he was more godly, he would be content with his lot and feel blessed by God. In short, ‘you brought it upon yourself Job’. Thankfully, his friends are proved wrong. God does indeed challenge Job about whether his anger is indeed justified, but He does this in the context that God has the world in His hands, and we can trust our lives to Him even when we can’t understan...
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