Why is it so difficult to get men involved with the church? We don’t have to spend long in many of our churches up and down the country to realise that, in many congregations, there are a lot more women than there are men. Why is this, and is there anything that we can do […]
New Year. Another one. 2017. Already. Any hopes? Dreams? Challenges? Resolutions? Plans? Of course we have no idea what lies ahead, we can make plans we can prepare for stuff but no-one actually knows for sure whether any of it will actually happen .. I am not sure how far ahead you all make plans, […]
The events of 2016 left many feeling like they had taken a roller coaster ride. How do we look boldly towards the future in the face of much uncertainty?
The film begins with a graphic scene of Japanese Christians being tortured with boiling water, observed by Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) who is forced to watch having been captured for propagating Catholicism.
So that’s Christmas done … it’s the time for resolutions now … so easy to make, but so hard to keep for many of us! The decision to keep going with it can be hard, but we all have hard decisions to make don’t we? Which reminds me of a decision making meeting on a […]
I heard this story the other day and I really like it, (I hope it is what actually happened!!), it goes like this: In 1910, William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army, was coming towards the end of his earthly life. It was Christmas Eve, and it was to be Booths last. General Booth […]
Christmas. Not long to go now, how are your preps going? It all seems to start earlier and earlier each year, doesn’t it? Christmas is for many a time to spend with family, but for many folk it can be a very difficult period when that can’t happen for a whole lot of reasons. Whilst […]
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12a) Dir. Gareth Edwards Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Wen Jiang, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@Cleric20) “I fear nothing. All is as the Force wills it.” Prepare to jump to light speed once again as we […]
Ever feel like you are going round and round in circles? Re-inventing the wheel? (I know we always used to dread a new Captain joining the ship because very often we would have to go through the ‘lets try this new idea’ stage … something that we had tried and binned several times under the […]
You may be aware that it was recently ‘International men’s day’, and this year the focus was on raising awareness of the high levels of suicide amongst men – CVM fully supported this initiative and wrote a few articles and and even conducted a radio interview or two! I was sitting in bed the other […]