Ministers Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks

Whenever older people get together, at some point the occasion often becomes something of an ‘organ recital’ – a sharing of news of current aches and pains, medications, hospital and GP appointments. At present, however, nineteen weeks after lockdown, as friends and families meet again, conversation is likely at some point also to turn to an exchange of experience – looking back to how things were before 23 March, reflecting on these past weeks, looking forward to the possibility of a ‘new normal’. … More Ministers Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks

Feeding 5000

I don’t know what your breakfast table conversations usually sound like, but ours this morning (which was not at all unusual) involved discussing the Edinburgh Zoo, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Peppa Pig’s new neighbours (the Wolf family), and the Feeding of the Five Thousand. (The last had the greatest share of the adult attention). … More Feeding 5000

A masking prayer

by the Rev. Caroline Beckett (vicar at All Saints Church & St James Church in Brightlingsea, Essex), found on Twitter Lord as I put on my mask, let it be a filter For my words pass through as well as my breathing Let through only those words which are helpful breathings of love And stop … More A masking prayer

A reflection on love and healing in this time of coronavirus

From Christian Aid  For a PDF version of this reflection click here.  Christian Aid and 13 other DEC member charities are already responding in the world’s most fragile places. Millions of lives are at stake as Covid-19 hits the world’s most fragile places: war-torn countries like Yemen, Syria and South Sudan. Help families who have lost everything … More A reflection on love and healing in this time of coronavirus

How to write to your MP or other representatives

A blog by Rebecca Gebauer This week in Christian Today, I came across a commentary by Tim Farron (MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale and former leader of the Liberal Democrats) in which he raised the important issue of writing to your MP as a Christian. Under the title “Christians shouldn’t just be another predictable lobby … More How to write to your MP or other representatives

Ministers Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks

Today – the 15th July – is a big day! Many of the lockdown restrictions are being eased and lifted. Pubs and restaurants can open again, museums, galleries and cinemas too; and last week’s government announcement opened the way, earlier than expected, for churches also to open for public worship, subject to restrictions – keeping a safe distance from each other, and no singing! We can now meet together too in bigger groups with family and friends. … More Ministers Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks