What are you thankful for today? The last few weeks have given our Vicar, Andy, time to reflect and give thanks... Thankfulness is a prominent Bible theme. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, 'Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.' Did you notice that? Give thanks in all circumstances. Thankfulness should be a way of life for us, naturally flowing from our hearts and mouths. Digging into the Scriptures
Debbie our new Children & Families Minister, shares her experience of the last few weeks, as she has settled into her new role with St George & St Paul, Tiverton. This week I will be entering the fifth week in my new role, as Children and Families Minister. I can honestly say I am being blessed every day in every way and enjoying getting to know my new Church Family, although it may take a while to perfect names, so please forgive me. I have been welcomed into a new team and
Creation is Calling - are you listening? Here's our latest blog post from Rev. Justin Montague, Curate at St George & St Paul, Tiverton. We have recently had a generous influx of garden visitors over the last month including squirrels, birds of many varieties and cats to name but a few. A little while back a wandering pheasant, searching the freshly manicured lawn for some nourishment, was a particular highlight, as was the crow warbling to an echo down the chimney into our l
How can we remain a unified Christian voice for Jesus, in the places we live, work and serve? This week I met with fellow church leaders from across the town and surrounding areas. This was the first time we have met in person to eat and pray together, since the lockdown started. It was a great joy to see one another and to be physically present. Over the last 18 months, we have been meeting regularly for conversation, encouragement and prayer over zoom. In those meetings, we
Rev. Andy Humm challenges us to discover new habits of strengthening our relationship with Jesus. Last week in his message to us as a church, Simon May said that September was often an easier time to make resolutions, rather than the new year. There was less pressure and perhaps more energy and resolve. That comment has sat with me through this week as I look to the future and as I (and we) discern God’s leading for us individually and us as a church. I wonder if you have dev
Jonathan Schnarr, our Youth & Children's Minister, reflects on worship over the last few months. After 69 weeks of no congregational, sung worship in our church building, we were finally allowed to join the worship band in praising God out loud again last Sunday – and it was such a different feeling! We could hear the person next to us singing out loud, some of us lifted their hands as a sign of pure joy and others just stood and listened to this new sound in the building. Do
Whether you have been at home or ventured further afield, where have you seen God at work lately? (Written the week that the UK government announced the lifting of all remaining Covid-19 restrictions will be delayed for at least a month) SO...things are not going to happen exactly how we hoped they would… ~Lockdown is not being lifted, yet! ~We still can’t sing in church. ~And are we still going to work out how to use Zoom? If everything turned out how we hoped or wanted, thi
Expanding on the theme of light a little further, Rev. Andy Humm, Vicar at St George and St Paul, Tiverton, shares how we can shine with the Light of Christ. Over the last few weeks we have had a number of light bulbs blow in our house. It seemed to be (and perhaps it is the same for you) that none of the spare ones we had lying around seemed to work or either were the wrong size or fitting! It is commonly reported that Thomas Edison took many attempts to perfect the light bu
Where can we find the rays of light amidst the shadows? Here's Rev Justin Montague with our latest blog post. What a gloriously sunny bank holiday! At beaches, parks, tourist sights and garden spaces across our town and county, so many of us were venturing out for perhaps the first time this year, to make the most out of the hot weather. With the recent unseasonably rain-filled May, a constant bombardment on social media feeds, television reports and newspaper headlines of a
As we look forward to celebrating Pentecost this Sunday, Rev. Justin Montague shares how the Holy Spirit is still at work today! As our small group walked the stations of the cross together during a pilgrimage to Lourdes, a hill rose steadily above us, adding to the already strong emotions of our meditations following the Passion of Jesus Christ. As we took another momentary pause in silence to reflect on the life-size image of Jesus falling below the weight of the cross, we
With the end of the lockdown in sight, someone asked me if we would continue to livestream our services each week, once people are allowed to return and sing? I responded that we would, because we recognised that for many, the return to something remotely like what we remember was a long way off and also how through our new online presence, more people were connecting with services than before. Livestreaming even gives our regulars the chance (if feeling unwell etc.) to watch
We all seem to be waiting….
Waiting for the next set of restrictions to be lifted.
Waiting for our first or second vaccination.
Waiting for an opportunity to see family and friends.
Waiting for church to open without restriction so we can sing! All of the above are of course important things and worthwhile things to be waiting for. In the Bible waiting is also mentioned, as we wait for the wanderings in the desert to end, wait for the prophets to be heard and listened to, wa