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Church Without Walls – 19th January

Learning to be comfortable in our own skin This blog comes with a slight spoiler alert in that, if you are a bit squeamish, it may not be for you. About 10 days before Christmas, I had just completed a workout, when I noticed a bit of skin hanging off my leg. I gently tugged […]

Church Without Walls – 15th January

Dalej! A word for this season Back in the summer of 2016, a friend of mine invited me to speak at a conference he was organising for young people from all over Europe. It was held in Poland, a few hours away from the beautiful city of Krakow. My friend is a brother in an […]

Church Without Walls – 12th January

Essential Journeys One of the questions the chief medical adviser asks us to consider in these challenging days is, if our journey is an essential one? Are we leaving the house for essential groceries, or medical appointments, or essential work? What can we do to minimise our contact with others outside our immediate household? I […]

Church Without Walls – 7th January

Finding light in the darkness I was reading that beautiful prophecy from Isaiah yesterday which speaks of how ‘the people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.’ It struck me as a word that is particularly relevant and helpful […]

Church Without Walls – 5th January

Some reflections on 2020 As this blog has been up and running for about 9 months now, I wanted to share a few personal reflections on 2020 for the ‘Church Without Walls’. We started the blog to be a vehicle for communication at a time when we couldn’t physically meet together and we wanted to try […]

Church Without Walls – 22 December

Your Life on a Canvas! Back in the summer, I celebrated a significant birthday, and many of the plans the family had made for the celebrations couldn’t take place because of the restrictions at the time. Vicky, as she often does, came up with a marvellous idea. One of the things we love to do […]

Church Without Walls – 15 December

Sharing some of the magic One of the big nights for children who grew up in the Republic of Ireland, as I did, was always the Late Late Toy show. It was a show that showcased toys and games that might make an appearance in Santa’s stocking. Children all over the country were often allowed to stay up […]

Church Without Walls – 8 December

Trying to catch the joy I came across a very compelling little video on our website towards the end of last week. It was made by John Mark Comer, the author of one of the most powerful books I read this year called, ‘The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.’ John Mark is a pastor and, in […]

Church Without Walls – 1 December

Advent Attentiveness Last Sunday was my first experience of live streaming an Advent Carol Service to an empty church. To comply with the government guidelines of having 4 or less people present, it was just myself and 2 of our technology team. They had been able to extract recordings of both our choir and congregation […]

Church Without Walls – 24 November

Getting Caught on the Hop One of the challenging things about living through the current pandemic is the constantly changing messages of guidance we receive from those in authority. Late on Thursday last, I picked up a message from someone telling me that churches would be closing from November 27th for 2 weeks as part of […]