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We’re Only Only Human

We all have those days don’t we, no matter how optimistic we usually are. Tuesdays are my main full day at work and yesterday morning was particularly trying: I snoozed in bed for way too long rather than doing the workout I intended on doing My dad, who looks after our little one while my… Read More

Why So Blue?

Monday 17th January 2022 is Blue Monday; supposedly the most depressing day of the year thanks to being over indulgent over the christmas period (eating, drinking and probably spending too much), the gloomy weather, and this year the ongoing pandemic. However is it really Blue Monday or is it just like any other wintery Monday?… Read More

New Year, New You?

We are used to the narrative peddled at us each year: the beginning of a new year should mean resolutions we can only really keep up for approximately 4 weeks before our enthusiasm wanes. It should also mean a healthier lifestyle: more veggies, more exercising and less of all of our vices like alcohol, smoking,… Read More

Advent Reflections: Love

I come from a very straight Anglican church background, we sang hymns and in the church choir we wore robes and cassocks. Though I love the style of worship we have at Church At Barking Riverside, I do sometimes miss the hymns and anthems I was so used to singing week in, week out. One… Read More

Advent Reflections: Joy

This week the video the Bible Project shared on their socials was about Love, but this week’s reflections are based on their video about Joy. You can watch the video on Joy here. This is one of my favourite Christmas hymns, it’s not the most upbeat but the lyrics get me every time! Most Christmas… Read More

Advent Reflections: Peace

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this… Read More

Advent Reflections: Hope

Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather! “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you. Psalm 39:6-7 ESV From this week we will start our advent blog series following Bible Project’s daily reflections and videos on hope, peace,… Read More

Christmas Is Coming!

Christmas is coming! And boy are we looking forward to it! With last year’s lockdowns and having all festivities basically cancelled last minute, this year lets go bigger and better right? Maybe not. As we have learnt through our blog series reflecting on John Mark Comer’s “The Ruthless Elimination Of Hurry”, wanting more and focusing… Read More

Why Christians Should Worry About Climate Change

You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it. You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst… Read More

Slow & Steady Wins The Race

Try to keep your soul always in peace and quiet, always ready for whatever our Lord may wish to work in you. It is certainly a higher virtue of the soul, and a greater grace, to be able to enjoy the Lord in different times and different places than in only one. Saint Ignatius  This week… Read More

Does Less Truly Mean More?

“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;     in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth     without knowing whose it will finally be. Psalm 39 Our current culture has us striving for more. As soon as we leave education (whether that be after GCSEs, A-Levels or higher education), the main goal is to get a job or… Read More

Prominent Black British Figures

“If you know your history, then you would know where you coming from, then you wouldn’t have to ask me, who the heck do I think I am.” Bob Marley This week marks the end of Black History Month here in the UK. Initially I wasn’t too bothered about writing a blog to mark the… Read More

To Sabbath, Or Not To Sabbath?

“Desire is infinite partly because we were made by God, made for God, made to need God, and made to run on God. We can be satisfied only by the one who is infinite, eternal, and able to supply all our needs; we are only at home in God. When we fall away from God,… Read More

What Or Who Will You Turn To?

I don’t know about you, but each week I promise myself I’ll do better next week. Better meal planning and prep, better at venturing out of the house with my little one, do more during my little one’s nap time than just watch TV; read a book, blog, work, work out, read the Bible, pray… Read More

Wait, what are spiritual disciplines again?

In this blog series we’re tracking through the book The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer.  Personally I’ve found this book transformative and Comer makes simple and practical our desire as a church family to ‘create space for Jesus in our daily lives through simple habits’. So far we’ve explored and recognized in… Read More

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