Pastor’s Blog

Pastor’s Blog February 2019

On Sunday mornings through January we have been revisiting in our teaching three core elements in the life of any healthy church. We have been thinking about them in terms of directions of travel. In this blog I want to identify a few priorities for us moving forward together. The Journey Up – … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog January 2019

I like to make New Year’s resolutions. I like the thought that I can change. For me New Year holds the promise of something different, something better. Of course it doesn’t always turn out that way but there is always the hope that things will be different or perhaps more importantly, I will be … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog December 2018

Christmas is approaching rapidly. We are in the season of Advent, which marks the beginning of the Christian Year. In truly liturgical churches, Christmas Carols should not be sung until after midnight on Christmas Eve. Christmas starts on Christmas Day. Advent is a misunderstood season, it can … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog November 2018

Sunday the eleventh of November is Remembrance Sunday and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. It is right that we should remember and mark such an occasion. However, I think it also marks another significant anniversary, the beginning of the long decline of … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog October 2018

        A GENTLE PLEA FOR PUNCTUALITY. At the risk of upsetting some of you, I want to think this month about the issue of punctuality, specifically being on time for the Sunday morning service. I know that this might seem a trivial thing given all the pressing challenges we face and I also … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog September 2018

Last month I wrote about our R.O.L.E. as disciples of Jesus Christ. Over the next three months, on Sunday mornings, we are going to look together at one aspect of our R.O.L.E., being open to Gods’ Holy Spirit. What does it mean for us to be open to the Holy Spirit? There are many possible … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog August 2018

Mike Breen, who led a church in Sheffield for a number of years, has written a number of interesting books on the church and disciple making. He notes that Jesus told his followers that he would build the church and that they were to go and make disciples. So often we get this the wrong way … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog July 2018

Last month we were blessed to have with us for a week a team of young people from Waco, Texas. During their week with us, they were able to visit schools and colleges in Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport and Manchester, spend time with local young people at The Mill and participate in many of our … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog June 2018

This is the final part of a three part series that has sought to answer the question, Does Church Membership matter? I have suggested that although “membership” is not mentioned in the bible, that the idea is consistent with the biblical idea of what it means to belong to the church. Indeed I … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog May 2018

This is the second part of a 3 part blog that is seeking to answer the question, Does Church Membership matter? As I mentioned last month, one of the commonest objections to the idea of church membership is that it is not a biblical idea. However I would want to argue that the biblical word … [Read more...]