What Are You Thankful For?

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Thanksgiving is most definitely an American holiday but I’ve always loved the idea of having a day to focus on the positive things in our lives. The blessings that the Lord has afforded us, despite always falling short of His expectations. As we close out the year, the first year in a while without lockdowns, there are lots of things we could focus on that could bring the mood down…. Read More

Is Black History Month Still Relevant Today?

October is Black History Month in the UK – a whole month dedicated to celebrating the rich history and cultures enjoyed by the Afro-Caribbean diaspora in Britain. In the UK where Black citizens are a minority, it’s important to bring to the forefront the valuable contributions of Black figures throughout history. For some, it isn’t seen as a necessity. It’s been a long time since slavery was abolished, Black people have the right to live, work and vote in this country as long as they’re citizens and there are laws that help… Read More

A Tribute To Queen Elizabeth II

Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II we wanted to add our tribute to the incredible life of service and faith that she lived. As we gave her our thanks earlier this year during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, we turn our thanks to God for the gift of such a gracious monarch and pray she may rest in peace and rise in glory. So many words are being shared around the world to honour Her Majesty’s life, it seems there is nothing original left to add, yet we add our… Read More

And God Saw That It Was Good…

‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.’ Psalm 24:1 Last Friday was Earth Day: an annual celebration that honours the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect the Earth’s natural resources for future generations. With the first Earth Shot Prize in October last year and living in an area focused on reducing our carbon footprint with the Envac system and protecting the existing… Read More

It’s Holy Week

Holy Week (sometimes also known as Passion Week) is the time from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday). It is the week during which Christians particularly remember the last week of Jesus’ life. It’s sometimes called the Passion Week because of the passion with which Jesus allowed Judas to betray Him, knowing that it would ultimately lead to Him dying for our sins. Holy Week is described in the below chapters and begins with the ‘triumphal entry’ on Palm Sunday on the back of a donkey as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9: Matthew chapters 21-27 Mark chapters 11-15… Read More

Mothering Sunday

Today marks Mothering Sunday – I hope you all remembered at least a phone call to or card for the mum or mother figure in your life. As with all holidays, mothers day is becoming more and more commercialised with lavish presents advertised and expensive cards, boxes of chocolates etc. being promoted as the thing every mum wants. But what are the origins of Mothers Day and how far have we deviated from the essence of it years on? The History The Mother Church During the 16th century, people in the UK… Read More

A Time For Reflection…

“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 Most people love to get involved with Pancake day, because, lets face it, who doesn’t love a pancake, be it sweet or savoury. But what a lot of people don’t know is where this tradition stems from. Pancake day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday and therefore the beginning of Lent, which is sometimes referred to as “Shrovetide”. Observance of Shrove Tuesday can be traced… Read More

Love Is In The Air

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8 Valentines day was on Monday which means depending on the schedules off those who celebrate it, this week is ‘love week’. For some of you reading this, you’re one sentence in and you’re already rolling your eyes, and I totally get it. Valentines is one of the most commercialised days of the year, created so the likes of Hallmark can make as much money as possible. And though I am a bit of a romantic at heart,… 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? The idea of Blue Monday is a fairly recent one and was invented in 2004 by psychologist Cliff Arnall as a marketing ploy for Sky Travel, which wanted to boost business. His ‘formula’ included variables such as… 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, chocolates etc. You can see it in the adverts for things like monthly food boxes, gym subscriptions and vegan products. And to a certain extent, I understand it; we all like to think we can achieve a… Read More