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Firstly, how are you and your family? I hope you are well and keeping safe.

I send my best wishes and prayers to you and those you love at this time of uncertainty, unprecedented in modern history. We are living in challenging times and as such are called to live as the Church in a different way these days.

As you may be aware the Methodist Church in Britain has made the decision to suspend regular services and gatherings on its premises. This has been done to ensure that we are compliant with the UK Government's guidance during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

This means that everything in my diary is cancelled and all my Holy Week and Easter services will have to be done differently. It also means that Helen and I are unable to visit our family and friends in Hull. However, we have been contacting our family via FaceTime and HouseParty.


Houseparty is a social networking service that enables group video chatting through mobile and desktop apps. Many countries have gone into l…

Who’s Coming for Christmas?

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A local charity contacted the church to see if anyone could visit an elderly housebound gentleman. I left the house knowing more about this person...

…The gentleman is a Hungarian Baron whose family was killed by the Nazis. He fled with his mother from Hungary to London following the 1956 uprising after years of persecution at the hands of first the Fascists, and then the Soviet regime. I was fascinated to hear his story and I look forward to visiting him again. I didn’t know where this pastoral visit would lead me, but I am glad I went to visit this gentleman. Just shows the importance of pastoral visits especially during this period.

This reminds me of God calling ordinary people in the Christmas story. 
The angel tells Mary not to be afraid and that all things are possible to God. We live in a society struggling to come to terms with youth culture. So many young people are crying out to be accepted, to be loved, and to be recognised.
And God invites all the Marys…all young people wh…

The Joker

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It was my day off and Helen was away for her Ministerial Training, so I wanted to do something. I ended up going to the Everyman cinema to watch The Joker. 


The plot:
Arthur Fleck is a party clown who lives with his mother in the famous Gotham City. Gotham is realistic because like the majority of cities it's high with crime and unemployment, leaving segments of the population disenfranchised and impoverished.

Arthur suffers from a disorder that causes him to laugh at inappropriate times and depends on social services for medications. Society judges Arthur on his outward appearance. I don't want to spoil it for you!



My view:
Joker was brilliant but disturbing. Joaquin takes the Joker to the next level.

The film paints a dark and necessary view of mental health. 

The Joker is a complicated character. His terror is ideological and his motivations are philosophical. However, the point of the film is that Arthur became the Joker because society ignored his condition, so Arthur takes the …

Looking out for each other

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Helen and I have recently joined our local Slimming World because we both felt like we needed to lose weight.
Slimming World is a weight loss organisation that provides lifestyle weight management programmes for people of all ages. This year Slimming World is celebrating 50 years since it was founded in Derbyshire in 1969 by Margaret Miles-Bramwell. 
This is only our 5th week and we are both doing very well. I've lost one stone and Helen is 0.5lb off losing her first stone. The Lunn house is very competitive at the moment, but all in love. We are both enjoying the new recipes especially cooking with fresh ingredients.

However, what caught my attention was how the group look out for each other. Members have group support through shared experience with other slimmers to encourage behaviour change. Looking out for each other is evident when members clap an achievement or support a member when feeling down. Accountability is demonstrated in the group.
Since starting Slimming World I have …

Reflections on my first year in ministry

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“We are pilgrims on a journey, and companions on the road; we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load’ (StF 611 Brother, sister, let me serve you)
On Thursday 30th August 2018, Helen and I arrived at Muswell Hill Methodist Church for my welcome service. While it doesn't seem possible, over one year has passed and so much has taken place. When I reflect back over my first year in ministry, I can only thank God for all that's happened. 
It is such an honour to minister to God's people. I have encountered God in worship, conversations, services, communion, home communion, meetings, days off with Helen and my study day. What I love about doing pastoral visits is that we come as guest into another person's house. We bring church to the person!
How would I describe my first year in ministry?

Reassuring Privilege ScaryTiring Worthwhile 
All of the above rolled into one.

God has been doing great things here. People are connecting with God in new ways, they are fi…

Gathering

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Glastonbury is the largest festival in the world with 135,000 people gathering this year.  The Killers, Stormzy, Kylie Minogue, and The Cure were some of the acts on the Pyramid Stage. Not forgetting Sir David Attenborough hailing plastic ban at the festival.
However, Glastonbury opening night witnessed a culture-changing moment because Stormzy was the first British black solo rap artist to perform on the Pyramid Stage. Langa Methodist Church Choir, from Cape Town in South Africa, opened proceedings on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday morning. Thousands of people gathered to sing Stormzy’s famous song ‘blinded by your grace’ with a gospel choir turning a rock festival into an unforgettable church service, and people gathered and everyone sang. This is truly inspiring and undoubtedly prophetic. Stormzy and the choir took the gathering to church!


Another major gathering took place the same week called ‘The Methodist Conference’. The Methodist Conference meets annually in June or July. Conferen…

Pentecost

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Last Sunday (9th June 2019) was Pentecost.

Pentecost has its roots in Jewish religious tradition. The Jewish Pentecost fell on the 50th day after Passover, and it celebrated the giving of the law to Moses on Mount Sinai.

At Pentecost, Jesus' disciples experience being filled dramatically with God's Holy Spirit. We learn from Christ’s early disciples that God’s deeds of power brought wellbeing to the wider community and the praise of all people.

The Holy Spirit filled, encouraged and equipped ordinary people to transform their world through generosity and love as they practiced their faith through community living. This all started in one house and a movement happened because the Holy Spirit touched and equipped them. God calls us as ordinary people to make a difference.

'When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place' Acts 2:1
Helen and I attended church at Trafalgar Square for the Thy Kingdom Come celebration. Fantastic worship led by Matt Redman …