Reflections and Stories

Welcoming Christ in the Chaos

18 Dec 2018

This advent, I have been rushed off my feet.

I love the atmosphere of the season of Advent. The darkness, the stillness, the waiting. In an ideal world, I would spend time every day during advent quietly contemplating the incarnation of our Saviour, and waiting in joyful anticipation for...

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It's Not A Christmas Bush!

13 Dec 2018

My housemates like to tease me by calling the Advent bouquet I have put up in our kitchen a Christmas bush or a Christmas tree. They think I will take offence when they call it a tree or a bush. But actually, renaming it as a bush I can forgive. It does sound much more impressive than bouquet....

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An Advent to Remember

6 Dec 2018

Many people see Advent as the countdown to Christmas. The countdown to one intense day where presents are given, families get together, and a meal is shared between loved ones. 

However, what if we reframed our thoughts about what Advent is all about?

Instead of looking at it as...

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My Favourite Saint: St Thérèse of Lisieux

13 Nov 2018

A recent article about my favourite saint, St Thérèse of Lisieux, described her as one of the most dangerous of all saints. Although this is an odd description to give someone so revered within Roman Catholicism, it is quite apt.

Born in northern France in 1873, Thérèse was a sickly and...

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My Favourite Saint: St Godric of Finchale

13 Nov 2018

The North-East has a rich history of saints: Cuthbert, Oswald, Hild, Bede, Aidan. Among this great cloud of witnesses is St. Godric of Finchale, a hermit who lived for sixty years beside the River Wear.

Godric was born in Norfolk, in 1065, to humble beginnings. He spent his youth as a...

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Rach's Reflection: What shapes my faith?

22 Oct 2018

This month we are thinking about how our faith impacts our politics, and I’ve been wondering what it is that shapes my faith in the first place.

This shouldn’t be surprising, but through some training, meetings and worship in the last couple of weeks, the importance of reading the Bible...

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Rach’s Diary: The Calm Before The Beginning

12 Sep 2018

My summer has been an odd one. I’ve mostly worked from my desk in Salford with a couple of visits to Birmingham. It has been nice to have that time of calm but it's also meant that once September hit it was a bit of a shock to the system to get back to my usual train journeys around and about...

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Rach's Reflection: From This Day

16 Aug 2018

Today is A Level results day. I want to think about what this means for a moment.  

I wonder, how today is for you?  

You may, like me, be reliving memories of getting those results and finding out if and where and what the future held.  

Or maybe it is today for you...

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Rach's Reflection: Rest

18 Jul 2018

I wonder what it is that you do that influences other people, whether you realise it or not? 

Since the major train changes back in May I've often found myself with mere minutes to get across a train station to make my connection. There has been a couple of times when I have broken into a...

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Kept in Precious Love: Finding True Rest in God

17 Jul 2018

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest’  - Matthew 11:28

I’m writing this blog while preparing to go on holiday to Devon, which feels appropriate in many ways. For many people, holidays are a chance to rest...

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