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Safeguarding Course

Safeguarding Course

This is a note from Evi Williams from Norton Baptist Dear Friends, In 1994, BUGB published ‘Safe to Grow’, a booklet about how to keep people with additional needs, children & young people safe – at church, youth clubs, on outings and during home visits. Since then, legislation and safeguarding practises have changed. In accordance with new regulations, folks from our chapel will attend a Safeguarding Course in the spring, to achieve Levels 1, 2, and 3. This training will…

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The Parable of the Sower

The Parable of the Sower

Before the theme and season of Harvest moves too far on … “Jesus told them a story. A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. So they organised a conference to help them better understand why this happened. Some argued that there needed to be an immediate cull of such birds to put an end to the problem, others that they…

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Let’s Find Our Voice

Let’s Find Our Voice

This summer we went to Portugal on holiday. One of the few tourist attractions we visited was the Sand Sculptures at Pêra. I thought that the sculpture of Elvis Presley looked more like my neighbour than the great man himself!   He was joined by other singers including David Bowie and Bob Marley. There was no musical accompaniment though. Just silence … It made me think of a good friend of mine who recently returned to Britain after over ten…

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Outside The 4 Walls

Outside The 4 Walls

When I was growing up I could never understand the relevance of God outside the four walls of a traditional service on a Sunday morning. How was God relevant in my anxieties, fears, work pressures, study deadlines or relational problems as I was growing up? He wasn’t, as far as I was concerned! But of course that changed because I discovered that actually, HE IS! And some of His answers to my concerns were mind blowing! Today our chapels are…

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Telling our Story

Telling our Story

Stories of Hope for Rural Communities is a booklet telling 12 different and wonderful stories of how Jesus has made a difference in a life in the midst of struggles, loss or a breakdown in relationships, written by members of the rural churches. Do get in touch if you want your own copy. In the days ahead workshops will be held to help us all tell our own story. You may ask why we need help. Diane Tidball, the previous…

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I Wrote About All That Jesus Began To Do And Teach

I Wrote About All That Jesus Began To Do And Teach

In his book, A New Mission to Wales (2016, Waleswide), David Ollerton, drawing on extensive research, concludes that churches that are proclaiming/sharing the good news of Jesus in words, as well as showing God’s love in action and service, are those seeing the greatest growth in numbers. Some of us will find it harder to tell than to show. David Hughes from Rural Ministries https://tinyurl.com/y8e6uurk challenges us with the question what are we like at doing? – what do our villages and communities SEE…

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Christian Hospitality

Christian Hospitality

The following article is taken from https://tinyurl.com/y9gbr7fz Germinate / Arthur Rank Centre has some great resources for those in a rural community Christian hospitality … …enables us to meet with God …should have no limits …challenges us to see people through God’s eyes  Luke 14:12-14: Jesus eats with Pharisees Having been invited to meet and eat with a group of Pharisees, Jesus explains that true hospitality isn’t about inviting people who can repay us or about securing an advantage for ourselves. Jesus is clear…

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Rural Hope in Longtown

Rural Hope in Longtown

Over a cup of coffee one day, Bob and Ruth talked about the possibility of having Carols at the Castle. One small conversation evolved into what has now become an annual event in Longtown. Initially 20 people came along, and at the last count 120 turned up for the event, which was so enjoyed by many in the local community. “That encapsulated what Christmas is all about. It was wonderful – the best event at Christmas” reported one local resident. Like many…

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