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Friends, enemies and angels

I was in the old Deanery opposite Ripon Cathedral a few days ago. It was a family occasion and I was in conversation with a guy talking about his work. It ended with one of contemporary life’s truisms: ‘You’ve got to look after number 1 and those you love. That’s all you can do.’ We […]

Family fortunes

Leo Tolstoy famously begins his great novel Anna Karenina with this oft quoted line: ‘All happy families resemble each other; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ It’s a brilliant insight. There is a fundamental simplicity and consistency in healthy and happy family life. However unhappiness in family life takes endlessly varied and […]

Money! money! money!

Money. It’s one of those things that, if you ask almost anyone if they’d like a bit more, then the answer is the same. Even footballers earning massive amounts each week still seem to want more, however much they also seem to want trophies. After all, most people find that the money they would like […]

On being enough

‘It’s enough. I have enough. I am enough. Life is enough. With all my heart I thank you.’
Jo Leddy
So often like Martha, we find ourselves worried and distracted by many things (Luke 10:41).  Life demands much of  us.

We are complex beings driven by many motives, some good and some not so good as we seek […]

‘It’s child’s play!’ Really?! – Childhood

Teaching & reflection on childhood

The children and young people have left our service for their groups, but out of sight should not be out of mind. As a community of believers in Jesus as the supreme revelation of God, we can hardly avoid reflecting upon childhood without being unfaithful followers, because he made the child […]

‘Only a bit of paper?’ Marriage

Teaching and reflection on marriage

We could approach this vast topic in any number of ways. Let me tell you what I will not cover today. I won’t dwell on marriage as a social institution. It is changing. It always has changed. It always will change. But pressures on marriage seem very strong in our time. […]

In Safe Hands

For many of us life is about being able to stand on our own two feet….but is this the way it is meant to be?
This week in The Hub we thought about all the ups and downs of life and the situations and people that we care about.

We had the opportunity to trust those things […]

Shanes’ Story

My first encounter with drink was almost a full bottle of gin. I was twelve. It was the school holidays and I was attending a three day cricket coaching clinic.
On the last morning some older friends arrived and asked if we had any alcohol at home. I succumbed to the peer pressure and ended up […]

Building Bridges!

Refresh – For ladies.
We had a great time on Saturday evening and it was lovely to see some new faces at Refresh! Fun and rivalry building spaghetti and marshmallow towers then a quick fire round of Catchphrase!
The evening was entitled building bridges and the short word for the night detailed the importance of us working […]

Moving Home

On Sunday the children in Whizzkids were beginning to learn about Abraham as a man who trusted in God.
We learnt about how Abraham led his family and servants away from their home and set up camp in the desert as they journeyed to the place God was sending them.
So….we set up camp and imagined what […]