His Name Shall Be…

Dear Minster and Friends, It feels as though the Christmas season is now fully upon us. For some this might be an unsettling thought, but we are now less than two weeks away from the big day! In the business of our commercialised Christmas and oh-so familiar seasonal traditions it can be all too easy […]

What’s in a name?

Dear Minster and Friends, I wonder if you have you ever taken the time to consider the various names that are given to Jesus around the birth narrative? Among them include that he will be called Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.  (Matt 1:21) Immanuel which means God with us (Isaiah […]

Christmas

  Christmas is fast approaching and here at The Minster we have lots of things coming up over the Christmas period! Please do invite family and friends to join us for any of our events; Sunday 9th December at 10:30am – Family Christmas Service  This morning the children will be staying in the service and we will […]

Urgent Prayer Alert

Dear Minster and Friends, ‘Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, “God is in this place—truly.’ Genesis 28:16 This week’s email goes out as a prayer request for today. Tonight from 6:30pm Chiltern Council will be meeting to determine the planning application; including for a new church and the restorations and repair of the track. For those of […]

Rethink and Planning

Dear Minster and Friends, Joint Worship and Prayer for Rethink  This Wednesday (14th November!) 7:30pm – 9:30pm in the Tent In John 17, we learn that Jesus’ great prayer for the Church is that we would be one, just as he is one with the Father. Jesus goes on to explain that this prayer is […]

Remarkable Things

Dear Minster and Friends, “We have seen some remarkable things today.” (Luke 5:26) When people meet with God, he often takes us by surprise. In Luke 5 two people meet Jesus – a man covered in leprosy, and a man who was totally paralysed.  They are both healed, restored and leave the story full of joy, […]

Rethink

Between 21st – 25th November we will be having a week of mission! Rethink is a chance to invite our friends and neighbours to a series of events which will encourage a ‘rethink’ of our priorities and ideas instead of just stumbling into our future. It is also a chance to rethink what they may […]

Restore Your Soul

Dear Minster and Friends, This week a wonderful preacher, pastor and scholar, Eugene Peterson, passed into his eternal future. He was most well known for translating the bible into a modern paraphrase called ‘The Message’ The family of Eugene Peterson said that so confident was he of spending time with the Lord upon his death […]

Rethinking

Dear Minster and Friends, Many people have not investigated Christianity and rejected what we believe in the basis of history, or on the creeds and the gospels, or the evidence backing up the reasons we believe what we do. Many suppose that Christianity is a faith, in which faith means ‘believing something despite the evidence to […]

Moving from despair to praise

“and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” Isaiah 61:3 NIV Dear Minster and Friends, God has always turned hearts and souls around, and heaven knows […]