The Vine Fellowship On Conversion!

The Vine Fellowship On Conversion!

At the age of 16, I began my apprenticeship as an electrical maintenance engineer at the AEC, where the famous Route Master London buses were made. Today they might be used for weddings or school proms. At 18, I became a Christian. It didn’t take me long to realise that the language people used in the factory was very different to the language people used in church! I was keen to share my faith with…

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A View from the Methodist Manse

A View from the Methodist Manse

You might have guessed from my previous contributions that I like animals, nature and wildlife. When my sister and I were children, our parents bought a Ladybird book of Wild Birds to keep us occupied on long holiday walks in North Wales. Spotting birds and looking them up distracted us from aching legs and feet. I have kept my interest in wild birds as an adult although it is difficult finding time to get out…

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A Message from Littleport Christian Spiritualists’ Society

A Message from Littleport Christian Spiritualists’ Society

We are pleased to say that our regular Thursday evening meetings – 7.30pm at the Village Hall are becoming even more popular with around 25 to 30 people attending every week. We are Spiritualists, which means basically that we believe that not only is there life after death, but that it’s provable through mediumship, communication between this world and the next, from those gone before and loved ones left here. When we meet for such…

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St George’s Church

St George’s Church

By the time you read this 2017 will be well under way, but please just think back to New Year’s Day. When I was a child I always found New Year’s Day really flat; it was all over then and everything was back to normal. Of course when I was a child I reasoned like a child and now I’ve grown up, hopefully things are different. In the ancient world including the world of the…

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St George’s Church

St George’s Church

Be prepared to be audited! Here at St George’s we have begun discussing how our parish church might be updated internally to make the church building more appropriate for today. This process is a bit complicated, but quite manageable and the result will hopefully be a building fit for the next 100 years (St George’s was last reordered in the 1860s so no, nothing of the interior is what we might call original). In case…

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Greater Littleport & District New Spiritualists’ Society

Greater Littleport & District New Spiritualists’ Society

These three winter months mean different things to different people. In the religious sense, while we as basically Christians enjoy Christmas as a celebration of the birth of Jesus and a new light coming into the world 2,016 years ago, Judaism, the religion Jesus was born into, celebrates the festival of light called Chanukah, that Jesus would have enjoyed too. Jesus who grew up to be a miracle worker must have thrilled as a child…

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The Vine Fellowship “Evidence That Demands A Verdict”

The Vine Fellowship “Evidence That Demands A Verdict”

As well as being the title of a book by Josh McDowell, this statement is very relevant for those of us who have been doing the Alpha course at the Vine Community Church. In our second session we learnt from a barrister, Nicky Gumbel, how we can trust the documents that make up the New Testament as reliable accounts of historical events that took place around 2000 years ago. Nicky pointed to sources outside the…

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A Christmas Message from St John’s Methodist Church

A Christmas Message from St John’s Methodist Church

My late Mum was a genius at cryptic crosswords and had an extraordinary gift for numbers. I too love word puzzles but alas did not inherit a head for maths, my sister Alison got rather more of those genes I think. Acrostic poems and puzzles are an ancient literary device in which the first letter of each line spells out a word or phrase. Acrostics were used in the Bible’s Old Testament particularly in the…

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Music and the Salvation Army

Music and the Salvation Army

Music forms an integral part of Salvation Army worship and evangelism. Bands, songster brigades, youth choirs and worship groups are an important part of church life and public events. For many non-Salvationists they are the most recognisable feature of The Salvation Army. Early Salvationist musicians drew upon a rich heritage of British singing and band playing, including contemporary church and temperance bands. Our founder William Booth was keen to distinguish the music of The Salvation…

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Greater Littleport & District NSS

Greater Littleport & District NSS

Rev’d Nick Brown Senior Minister at Greater Littleport and District NSS presents a look at our Christian Spiritualism by the NSS Principle Minister. As for the oft debated question of religion and Spiritualism, you need look no further than the Bible…”And these signs shall follow them that believe… they shall lay hands on the sick; and they shall recover.” Mark’s Gospel, Chapter 16 verses 17-18. Or, “He (they) that believeth on me, the works that…

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