In a strange land

In 1978 Boney M released By the Rivers of Babylon based on psalms 19 and 137; it became one of only 7 songs that have sold more than 2 million copies. One line especially has resonated with me in the weeks since lockdown. How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? It feels very much as if we’re all living in a strange land at present, a land where the rules have changed. Where is God in […]

Re-engineering

There can be no return to normal because normal was the problem in the first place. Graffiti in Hong Kong (2020) I find this easy to accept as a comment on society. But is it also true of me? Was my normal a problem? To me? To others? I am still processing these questions as I look forward to a lockeddown, limited future. Without an effective vaccination, I will remain in lock-down unless I decide to play Russian Roulette with […]

A personal view

The doctor who brought the coronavirus to the world’s attention in China and subsequently died, was an ophthalmologist. So, although I’m aware of the risks (I still think of myself as young and invincible), I would not dream of classing myself as working on the ‘frontline’ during this COVID-19 pandemic; to do so would detract from the heroic efforts of medical staff working in critical care settings and intensive care facilities. I chose the right career many years ago in […]

Activities

Well folks, we are now getting acclimatised to our self isolation. I have become an accomplished baker, (Mary Berry, watch out), hairdresser, make-up artist, ( needs must), doctor/nurse, to our family, as well as chief cook and bottle washer, into the bargain! We are realising the beauty of nature, in ways that we never noticed before. The different birds nesting in our garden and hedgerows, the beauty of the green fields, with the cows grazing contentedly, the wonder of the […]

Counting in church

Every year we have the October count and use it as a measure of the Church membership. I’m not sure that this is fit for purpose. It shows, for the British Methodist Church, that we have lost 1/3 of the members in the last 10 years and are now below 200,000. However is this an effective way to measure Church? We know that every day there are 16 deaths but 7 new members, 8 transfers out but 10 transfer in, […]

Full Circle?

2… 3…7… 10… I was fascinated by the growing numbers. 11, 22, 31…. The curve kept climbing. Faster and faster. 35, 44, 56, 58… Would it flatten? 59… 60… 61… Ah, was it beginning to plateau? 62… 63…. 63… and holding steady. Looks like it. I never understood ‘curves’ at school. But here I was, this Spring Sunday morning, excited by rising numbers. I clicked the video icon, pictures popped into view; happy, relaxed people, grandparents, mums and dads and […]

Sermons online

Have you missed a service? Or you want to hear a sermon from some weeks agi again? Or you love to hear God’s Word atm. more often? Its now possible to dig in our big archive of past sermons we have just opened up for you! Find it at the top of the Homepage in the “WHAT’S ON” menu.

Overcoming fear

In his first address as president Franklin Roosevelt said. “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyses needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” America was facing mass unemployment, manufacturing and farming had collapsed and banks were failing. Today we face a crisis on the same scale but Roosevelt knew that the Depression would hurt America whereas fear would destroy it. As […]

Welcome Jordan and Naomi!

We are happy to welcome Rev Jordan Litchfield and his wife Naomi! Come and get to know the new minister for Glastry and Portaferry! Say Hi and welcome him during Gala or over the summer months in our services! Jordan is originally from Indiana, USA. He married Naomi, originally from County Armagh in July 2010. They pastored at a local church in Dromore, County Down for just over four years before applying to transfer into the Methodist Church in Ireland. […]