St George’s Church

St George’s Church

He’s grown, that baby… in a supermarket shortly after Christmas, I heard two shoppers and a member of staff calling out to one another asking if they had each had good Christmases. The consensus was that yes, they each had, but it was over so quick; all that preparation for just one day they said. For just one day; to coin a well-known phrase, Jesus is for life not just for Christmas – well known…

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Black Horse Drove – Student Cross Easter Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Black Horse Drove – Student Cross Easter Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Each year, on the Wednesday of Easter week, a group of walkers can be seen carrying a Cross through Littleport en route from Ely to Walsinghame in Norfolk. One of their rest stations is on the river bank at the top of Black Horse Drove, where they have a time of reflection and refreshment. Student Cross is an Easter pilgrimage that walks every year to the ancient site of Pilgrimage in Norfolk. There are eleven…

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Christian Spiritualists in Littleport

Christian Spiritualists in Littleport

Doris Stokes, the famous medium with all those many best-selling books, like Voices of Love and A Host of Voices, was influential in prompting the Thursday night gatherings of Spiritualists in Littleport, even though she had passed over to the realms of light 11 years earlier. Amazingly in 1992 she had resumed work with someone who was developing as a medium at Doris’s home church, Lewisham Spiritualist Church, in South London. Introducing herself during a…

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Vine Community Church

Vine Community Church

Suddenly, the house came alive! Shouts of joy, people rushing to get themselves ready. “What are we going to see?” “Goldfinger! It’s another James Bond film.” “Oh, wow!” The year was 1964. The place – Nairobi! We were ecstatic. We all piled into the car and set off. It took a little while to get out to the Drive-In Cinema at Thika, but we preferred it to the Bellevue near the airport. If we as…

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Christian Spiritualists in Littleport

Christian Spiritualists in Littleport

Although the well-established Spiritualist meetings on a Thursday night at the Village Hall are obviously geared to local people after a bit of spiritual upliftment, guidance and messages from ‘Beyond’, there is more to your Littleport Christian Spiritualists’ group than you might think. Even more than the development circles, healing circles and various regular workshops led by its Pastor, the Right Reverend Nick Brown and his team of ministers would have you assume. Affiliated to…

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Vine Community Church

Vine Community Church

I have an ear-worm. Not a wriggly slimy thing in my ear but a song that is going round and round in my head: ‘A time for giving, a time for getting, A time for forgiving, a time for forgetting’ These are lyrics from ‘Mistletoe and Wine’ – a song that doubtless has been heard across the supermarket aisles as we all prepare for Christmas. I will be ready and keen to give out presents…

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St George’s Church

St George’s Church

A common misconception is that Christianity is all a bit polite, a bit genteel; like tea and buns with the vicar. But No! Christianity consistently challenges us with questions about life, the universe and everything at every turn. As I write, we are moving from harvest time through Advent, to winter and Christmas and throughout it all, there is nothing restrained about the Christian message. The bible readings we use at harvest are drawn from…

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Vine Community Church – Bees and Flowers – messages from God?

Vine Community Church – Bees and Flowers – messages from God?

We have beekeepers in our church family at The Vine. Their bees make the most wonderful-tasting honey. Of course they are really God’s bees. Everything we have really comes from God. I’ve been thinking about just how extraordinary bees are. I’m writing this in July, and there are bees of different kinds buzzing around in my garden. They especially seem to like a plant called Lamb’s Ear. I was reading the other day that female…

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St George’s Church

St George’s Church

Church is a movement, not an exhibit… Let me elaborate. There’s a tale from South America about a family and their prize possession, a wonderful old car. They spend so much time polishing the paintwork, dusting the upholstery, generally checking it over; they really love their car. They spend time sat in the car too, telling stories of journeys with all the hazards you might meet, and also, all the exciting things you might get…

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A Message from Littleport Christian Spiritualists

A Message from Littleport Christian Spiritualists

One of the first lessons I learnt as a Spiritualist, over 21 years ago, was the simple principle that our way of life should make itself open and available to all. Although at the time both myself and the one who taught me that lesson were not ‘officially’ classified as Christian Spiritualists, there is no doubt in my mind that in our hearts we were. I refer to Rev Lyn Gibb-de Swarte. When we both…

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