Rector’s Blog

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, […]

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 […]

Building towards a more fruitful future

Dear Minster and Friends, Last Sunday I shared a few passages and a parable which I felt were going to be important as we journey together as a church. I spoke about the original vision of a Minster Church, to be a resourcing hub and community for mission, to have a place which could enable that, and […]

He saw all that opposed Christ and he acted

Dear Minster and Friends, As Dan shared with us a couple of weeks ago the lessons from the life of William Wilberforce, one of the distinguishing characteristics of his character was that he looked out on the world and saw everything that opposed Christ and was compelled to do something about it. He was compelled, not […]

Exciting Times Ahead

Dear Minster and Friends, We have lots of things going on here at Latimer over the next few months, especially with the Rethink mission in November and Christmas!. Have a look through our Autumn guide for our full list of events coming up, keep checking our events board at the back of the tent and see below […]

She was planted to display His glory

Dear Minster and Friends, On Sunday morning I spoke about the incredible life of Henrietta C. Mears, a Sunday school teacher whose influence spanned globally and across generations. Among many of her accomplishments for God (and there were many) included mentoring and raising up significant leaders who, in turn, would make an impact on the […]

Life to the Full

Dear Minster and Friends, “I have come so that they may have life and life to the full…” John 10:10 After a game of squash, I was either commiserating a loss or celebrating a victory in the bar, and I was brought into a conversation about my faith. It is an opportunity I am always grateful for […]