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Rector’s Message – October 2017

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Dear Friends, Over the past number of years we have tried to approach the topic of harvest thanksgiving from different angles and viewpoints.I can think of preachers from Scripture Union who made us aware of the work ongoing with schools to try to connect our children and grandchildren with the gospel message. I think too […]

Rector’s Message – September 2017

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Dear Friends, Over the months of July and August we have been looking at some principles from the life of Nehemiah as we gather for a short time of reflection, prayer and worship on Tuesday nights.  I have learned things from observing how he went about the task God called Him to do and have […]

Rector’s Message – July/August 2017

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Dear Friends, As our Summer magazine goes to print we have just heard the sad news of the death of Canon Liz McElhinney. Liz was no stranger to St. Finnian’s helping out during the interregnum and other times. In more recent times as she lived with Motor Neurone Disease she spoke in a very powerful […]

Rector’s Message – June 2017

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Dear Friends, I recently heard part of an inspiring interview with a man who was headmaster of a boarding school in England. The school had a very distinguished history and tradition, they had enjoyed a visit from the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on the occasion of its 450th Anniversary a few years ago. Among […]

Rector’s Message – May 2017

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Dear Friends, One of the great joys of what I do is having the opportunity to prepare alongside our teenagers and adults for Confirmation. We normally offer this opportunity every 2 years and over 8-10 weeks we prepare together by looking at the Christian faith and different teachings and issues to do with being a […]

Rector’s Message – April 2017

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Dear Friends, As this month’s magazine goes to print there are real signs of spring in the air. The temperatures have risen to a pleasant level in recent days, there is a welcome stretch in the evenings and the mornings are also lighter as we enter into our daily routines. April is the month in […]

Rector’s Message – March 2017

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Dear Friends, I had to pop into my bank a few months ago to set up a direct debit for an electrical appliance we were buying over a few months.It didn’t take too long to sort it out but I was struck as I came out by seeing someone wet and homeless sitting near the […]

Rector’s Message – February 2017

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Dear Friends, On Thursday 5th January at about 5.30am I did something I have done many hundreds of times before. The difficulty this time was that I hadn’t done it for about 5 weeks and so I was nervous. I pulled on my shorts and running top, laced up my trainers and headed out the […]

Rector’s Message – January 2017

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Dear Friends, Quite recently I was invited to preach at our Tuesday night Healing Service which is coordinated by Brother David Jardine and the team at Divine Healing Ministries. It’s a service that has been running in St.Finnian’s for about 27 or 28 years now on a Tuesday night and, if you have never managed to […]

Rector’s Message – December 2016

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Some years ago I spent a week in silence in the Monastic Community of Taize in France. It might sound like a strange thing to do but on a few occasions when I have been making important decisions or reflecting on some big happenings in my life it’s good to be still and pause and […]