#HomeForChristmas Mary’s story

Ask most people to tell you the Nativity story and they’ll start with the Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary.

In Luke 1:30, we have Gabriel’s greeting:

30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favour with God!”

Over the centuries that has been a tendency to venerate Mary and put her on a high pedestal, in some traditions even to pray through her and in effect worship her.  I think there are two reasons for this. Continue reading

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He came down (a powerful Youtube film with a two for one message)

This is a beautiful little film that Glen Scrivener[1] has created for use this Christmas. It brings together a moving re-telling of the Christmas story with the testimony of a mother telling the story of her struggles and lessons of having a child with Down’s Syndrome. The play Is performed by young people with disabilities. Continue reading

What happens to strangers? The Answer

My granddad grew up in Birmingham. He was the son of Italian immigrants. When he grew up he joined the army and travelled the world serving in India and China before eventually settling in Derby as a builder. Apparently on one occasion he returned to Birmingham to visit. He got off the train at New Street, came out of the station and found himself completely lost. He had to ask directions. The place had changed so much that he felt like a stranger in his own city. Continue reading