Monthly Archives: June 2016

Peaks Pilgrimage for the Poor

A few weeks ago my mother visited and we went down the local river with the kids. When the kids were playing in the river my mam talked about my old friends from the Valleys in Wales. What started off as a happy conversation reminiscing about old friends turned tragic very quickly. Why? Because many of the people mentioned in the conversation have since died. I’m 39 now so how come so many of my friends have died. The simple yet sad answer is despair. Despair that there is no work in South Wales and people live very isolated and despairing lives. The deaths may have been caused by drugs

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What’s it all about? What is communion?

This week our reading is taken from John 6.1-15 read it aloud below: Feeding the Five Thousand After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.  A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself

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What’s it all about? What is prayer about?

This week our reading is taken from Luke 22.39-46 read it aloud below: Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’ Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed,‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.’ [[ Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat

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What’s it all about? We come as we are

This week our reading is taken from Luke 19.1-10 read it aloud below: He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried down and was happy to

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Songs of Praise who would have thought it possible?

Last week we had a great afternoon in the Festival Centre, celebrating Christ Church on Songs of Praise. I have to admit that this was only the second time I had ever seen the programme. But, watching it back it was amazing to see how great our church looked on the TV. We can all be immensely proud of the work that we have done in Christ Church over the last years. Years ago, perhaps people would say that they came to Christ Church in hushed whispers as we were the centre of controversy and despair. We should be proud of what God has done through us in this Church.

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