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Women’s Gathering

Dear Minster and Friends, On June 16th we are holding our first ever Women’s Gathering day retreat. We have themed this day around Proverbs 31:17 “Her arms are strong for Her task.”  Each of us have daily, weekly and monthly tasks and responsibilities that are uniquely ours to carry and yet at times it can […]

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May You Flourish

Dear Minster and Friends, “May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children” – Psalm 115:14 I recently found out there is German word for ‘making something worse whilst trying to make it better’ – Verschlimmbesserung – that doesn’t have a good English equivalent. I have been hunting around for a good compound word […]

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Everything Is Beautiful In Its Time

Dear Minster and Friends, I do hope you are enjoying the weather and the blossoms over the last few days – for those of us who get to come to worship God on a fruit farm each week, or to come in during the week for walks and prayer, ministries like Communion on a Wednesday, Minster […]

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Festival Season

Dear Minster and Friends, The sun is out briefly and the cherry blossoms are in full display at the farm. In the scorching heat of the last few days I wonder if it has got you thinking about the summer and festival season! A number of church families head off to different festivals – last year a big […]

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Come and See

Dear Minster and Friends, When Jesus walked by and met people, this was soon followed by the phrase: ’come and see’. From the call of the first disciples, through his ministry in the surrounding neighbourhoods and even at his resurrection this was repeated; In John 1:46 before he was a disciple Nathaniel was invited to meet Jesus, by Philip, with the […]

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Freedom to Love

Dear Minster and Friends, On April 4th 1968, 50 years ago this week, Martin Luther King was shot in Memphis Tennessee. A preacher, whose motivational leadership of the non-violent movement for racial equality in America eventually led to significant changes in the law, is remembered this week for his example, resolute vision, sermons and speeches.  Despite being a […]

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Time to Reveal the Wisdom of God

Dear Minster and Friends, “To those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:24 As the holidays draw close it may be that the course of the last few weeks at work, or in studies, has left you requiring extra wisdom and […]

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Pure Refreshing Water

Dear Minster and Friends, “The purpose of a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.” (Proverbs 20:5) The water of London starts when it falls in the Chilterns. When we get rain…years later it keeps Londoners alive and healthy and refreshed. Where there are no rivers to draw from, […]

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Facing Beasts and Seeking Refuge

Dear Minster and Friends, At the point of writing, so far the ‘Beast from the East’ has lightly dusted Stampwell Farm with beautiful snow – but there is meant to be more to come. One of my friends said that although this had led to travel chaos and wintry chills – in Scotland they would […]

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Big Tent

Dear Minster and Friends, By now most of us will be aware of the passing into glory of the great preacher, Billy Graham. Billy Graham began his more prominent ministry, not in a towering institution, but in a tent – known as the canvas cathedral, where he shared the gospel day after day in Los Angeles in […]

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