We’ve all seen them: the Facebook posts that tell us we’re awesome – sometimes inspiring, sometimes cheesy, sometimes with spelling mistakes… (But, of course, no one has the right to tell YOU how to spell the words YOU want to create!). The basic advice is that when faced with one of life’s many dilemmas, the best course of action is just to do what you … Continue reading Is it really true that you just need to be true to yourself?
Perhaps you don’t need to think too much about that: Christians are pathetic sheep who aren’t brave enough to face life without the crutch of belief in the supernatural. You think of Ned Flanders, desperate to please and completely unable to stand up for himself (despite the amazing abs under that green jumper). You think of pacifist monks being slaughtered by Vikings, following someone who … Continue reading Is it really true that being a Christian makes you a wimp?
This week and next week, Christians in Bransgore are joining together to pray for our local community and the needs of our world, seeking the coming of God’s kingdom. We’d love you to be a part of this. The leaflet below explains all the opportunities to pray this week. Don’t worry if you don’t think this is something you’re good at! Please come along. Some … Continue reading Thy Kingdom Come: Time to Pray for Bransgore
Purbeck Coastal Path training walk: Saturday 1st June • 16 miles of hard graft! • Setting off from Swanage Seafront at 9.00am • Lift from Bransgore (St Mary’s Car Park) at 7.30am • Bring packed lunch, walking boots, a waterproof, water and money for fish and chips or pub meal after Continue reading Purbeck Peninsula Training Walk (for the Three Peaks Challenge)
An article from last week’s Guardian by Giles Fraser on the current persecution that Christians face in today’s world. I was up before dawn this morning, preparing for our first service of Easter. This meant that, around the same time as bombs were going offin churches in Sri Lanka, I was reading a passage to my congregation taken from the book of Ezekiel. The passage tells … Continue reading As the Sri Lanka attacks show, Christians worldwide face serious persecution
Is there a better way to spend a Sunday than going to a great church service and having a bring and share lunch together afterwards, followed with everyone decanting to the swimming pool in Ringwood (that has been booked privately) for an hour’s swim? The only thing that could possibly make such a Sunday even better would be to raise money for charity at the … Continue reading A day of fun whilst raising money for Mercy Ships
This weekend St Mary’s is hosting a bring and share lunch and swim following the service at 10.30 am (with an hour’s break between eating and swimming). The whole of Ringwood swimming pool is privately booked for the St Mary’s congregation, whatever your age, jump in and have fun in the pool. The swimming starts at 13.45 and it’s £5 and adult – all proceeds … Continue reading St Mary’s bring and share lunch, and a swim – all for charity