Re-connect & Re-start

It feels like we are at point when restrictions on meeting for public worship etc will change and will be (slowly) lifted.  It has been over one year since we were all able to gather as one church in one place.   All meetings have been seriously impacted, not just...
CAP Fresh Start

CAP Fresh Start

Christians Against Poverty was founded by John Kirkby in Bradford in 1996. John believed God was calling him to leave his career in financial services and use his knowledge of the industry to help the poor. Since then, CAP has rapidly grown its Debt Centre Network and...

Elizabeth Moreland Update

In 2017 I set off for Cambodia to work in the area of anti-trafficking with Iris Cambodia. The last three years have been something of a rollercoaster as I have witnessed some of the worst of humanity, yet in the midst of pain and suffering, I have been able to see...
First Steps

First Steps

First Steps @ Connect I think I am speaking for the entire first steps team when I say what a privilege it is to serve Christ in our local community. To show the love of Jesus to the lovely mummies and the occasional daddy that may enter the Connect Centre on a...

You Can’t Be Serious !!!

“You can’t be serious!” You may be too young to remember these petulant words of John McInroe but they have become a stock reply of many to perceived injustices or impossible demands. Alas, they are hurled in the face of Paul, the apostle, when he...
Sea Secrets

Sea Secrets

There are significant moments in life where people always remember exactly where they were when they heard the news like President Kennedy’s death or Princess Diana’s. I will always remember the exact moment when I heard a news report of a young N. Ireland woman...

Wrestling with the Word

I remember the old rules of wrestling when 2 falls or a SUBMISSION was a victory, Now, turning to Romans 12-13 we find submission to God comes before submission to the State. Notice that all instruction is addressed to all believers – “you” is plural. We...

Shared Threads

Shared Threads is a community of women across N Ireland and Ireland who are working together to help remove limitations that menstruation can put on women and girls, such as the freedom to attend school. We make cloth sanitary pads from recycled cotton and towels to...

The Key Question

Could the little phrase in Rom. 12:11 “serving the Lord” be the key to Paul’s ethics in these chapters 12 – 15:6 ? Humility and submission are the hallmarks of servanthood and service. When we see ourselves as servants/serving the Lord, or...

Tribute to Norman Plowman

The best gifts come in small packages. Norman was small in stature but strong in spirit, serving his Lord. We loved his voice, both what he said and how he said it. Perhaps his most memorable words were the oft-quoted; “Unity in things essential, liberty in things...