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    Be kind to yourself


    In Matthew 22:36-39 Jesus was asked: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment?” and he answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”

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    ​ Do you do everything in love?


    Prayer and reflection for February

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    Contented living in a time of financial crisis


    Sinead McLeod shares a thought and prayer for the month of January

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    Prayer & Reflection: Celebrating Christmas


    Sinead Mcleod shares a thought and a prayer for Christmas

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    Living out your life mission


    Within every hope and flicker of a dream is a core value bursting with love, true brilliance and wonder; it is ever ready to shine. It is our values and talents, both God-given, that when combined create our unique yet powerful purpose; one we would be wise to follow.

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    Awake to the world around us


    Recently my son’s school held an eco-themed week, where the children were encouraged to walk to and from school each day while keeping a record of the nature they spotted on their travels as well as picking up litter. The growing awareness that we are in the midst of the most challenging battle of our times is irrefutable.

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    ‘Does reading bring us closer to God?’


    Prayer and reflection

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    Every day is an adventure


    Prayer and reflection

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    A prayer of thanks – and hope


    The flowers of May are the Lily of the Valley, which symbolises the return of happiness, alongside the Hawthorn, which means hope – how apt as we look forward to the longer, warmer days of summer. In Matthew 6:28–31, a simple and profound idea is presented: “And ...

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    A prayer for health


    Witnessing my mum suffer from ill-health was a challenging experience. I prayed for her recovery many times. She remained cheerful and strong in spirit throughout her illness and I feel blessed to have witnessed her courage and grace. I’m sure God held her close. In her last ...

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    Prayer & Reflection: Experiencing God’s guidance


    It’s often said a problem shared is a problem solved, and who better to share concerns with than God? Through prayer and meditation, I have found much solace. In Joshua 1:9, we are encouraged to heed God’s commandment: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do ...

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    A prayer for Christmas


    Maxine Hallett reflects on Christmas, and gives us a prayer for the season.

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    Remembering the Queen


    Reflection and prayer with Maxine Hallett


    A lesson from sunflowers


    Walking through a field on a warm August evening, my eye caught sight of a glimmer of colour. There, standing tall but alone in the middle of the field, was the glorious bright yellow head of a sunflower. It seemed confident and not at all out of place among the dreary brown vegetation. Its bright, sun-filled face beamed at the world beyond

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    Prayer and Reflection: Making room for Jesus


    May is a good month for decluttering our cupboards and refreshing our wardrobes. I have fond memories as a child of my grandmother’s house, windows flung open as the warm, late spring breeze danced and glistened with particles of dust while cupboards were cleaned and wardrobes filled ...

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    The impact of the cross


    I wear a cross around my neck and often find myself touching it gently throughout the day, as a thought pops into my mind that I want to share with God. Other times I reach for the cross just to catch my breath, pausing in the middle ...

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    Prayer & Reflection: Spring at last!


    Walking along a familiar path I stopped and breathed in the air around me, my senses suddenly becoming awakened by the newness of the spring day. I realised how thankful I was that God had carried me through the dark and dreary winter months. My ears tuned ...

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    March 2022 Book Club - You recommend…


    Choose Life Simon Guillebaud (Monarch, 2014) For 2022, I’m re-reading this book of daily reflections. It seems perfect for me right now, as Simon Guillebaud seems to be speaking right into the issues I’m dealing with. I whizzed through the book last summer for the Woman Alive ...

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    You are never alone


    With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, romance is in the air. It is everywhere around us – in advertisements, retail shops and in the eyes of every couple passing by on the street. While this is beautiful to see, it can make some people feel alone and abandoned. ...

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    Laughing children, hot chocolate and a snoring dog on a lazy Sunday afternoon…


    Maxine Hallett reflects on her journey towards God, and the sanctuary she now calls home