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[8 Jan 2019 | Leave a Comment | ]
Thought for the month – A ‘Veganuary’ Epiphany.

You know Christmas is well and truly over, or at least I do, when I find my in-box is full of the sorts of adverts designed to make me look at myself with dissatisfaction: gym membership deals, de-tox powders and, in recent years, emails suggesting that I might wish to off-set the Christmas turkey and wheels of cheese with a month of plant-based grazing for ‘Veganuary’.

I was hastily deleting the backlog of these emails (and the guilt-trip that seems to accompany them) when my little daughter bounced in with the news that ‘Sorry Mummy, the wise men are a bit early at the stable as their legs are too tired and baby Jesus can’t wait …

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[14 Dec 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Thought for the month – Christmas Lights

By Rev’d Becky Bevan.

Christmas is coming. Have you noticed?! It’s been coming since early November – or in local pubs and hotels, it’s been coming since August with customers urged to hurry up and book a Christmas table!

Christmas is coming, and from now on the Christmas lights will start going up – switched on in towns with great ceremony; put upon houses, and trees and fences.

Lights and Christmas go together.

Think about the whole tradition of Christmas tree
lights. The box brought down from the attic. The lights all tangled up,
laboriously untangled, carefully positioned on the tree, the family gathered to
watch the lights come on… Only to discover that they don’t work!

It was amusing to hear of …

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[1 Nov 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Thought for the month by Terry Winrow:  ‘Do Different’

Healthy living in the heavens!
On a recent holiday flight to Norway, I had booked an in-flight meal. It was a holiday so may as well live it up! Having been up early for the flight and walking the equivalent of a half marathon to get to the gate at Heathrow, I was well and truly looking forward to a relaxing flight with a hearty meal, a glass of wine and a good book, followed by an undisturbed (some chance!) snooze at 36,000 feet.
Comfortably settled, the meal arrived, beautifully presented in a box and thoughtfully accompanied with the following menu.
Lightly smoked chicken breast from Bjare with beetroot flavoured crushed wheat, lentils and black beans from Oland, beetroot …

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[5 Sep 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Thought for the month: Pilgrimage – Fuel for life’s hills (and inclines)

This week children are returning to school or starting for the first time, students are packing for university and families are getting back to ‘normal’.   And more generally the lull of the summer (or the child-entertainment-bootcamp, perhaps) is drawing to a close as a new term and year begins.
A group of about 30 or so from St George’s have just returned from a 4 day walking pilgrimage to Hereford Cathedral.  So for a few days, life took on a different sort of pattern.   We walked during the day and slept on church floors overnight.  Days began at 6am with tea, followed by breakfast and packing up, then a communion service before embarking on the …

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[6 Aug 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Thought for the month – ‘Take nothing for the journey’

Packing my suitcase for holiday often brings to mind these words of Jesus. I smile to myself as I cram in yet another pair of shoes just in case the first four pairs prove inadequate. And as I squeeze in various cardigans just in case it is chilly in the evenings I reassure myself that Jesus could only have had in mind male disciples when he issued this command.
 
Take nothing for the journey is an instruction designed to bring on a panic attack for those of us who see ‘travelling light’ as taking everything but the kitchen sink.
 
One memorable summer when booking our flights for a family holiday in Italy we decided to avoid the extra …

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[3 Jul 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?

We heard the very famous bible story of Jesus calming of the storm in church last Sunday.  It wasn’t your average bible reading either; the reader had to shout over a couple of wind machines, a dozen rain makers and a congregation in full swing in their role as ‘the storm’; providing claps of thunder, crashing waves and generally making a din.  The children were the disciples, at the front in the ‘boat’, swaying back and forth and pretending to look worried.  Also in the boat, but looking for all the world as though he was asleep, was little three year old Henry, aka Jesus.  When Revd Becky gave him the nod he raised his head …

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[7 Jun 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Thought for the month, ‘Prayer, the transforming friendship’

The story is told of eleven-year-old Robert who hadn’t done his homework and wasn’t at all prepared for his written test in geography. He struggled through the exam, doing a lot more guessing than he should have. That evening he began to worry. What if too many of the answers had been wrong? What if he failed the test? That night, as he said his prayers, he suddenly blurted out a nervous postscript: ‘And please God, make Paris the capital of Sweden.’
Sometimes our prayers can be rather like this – we want results from God; we want God to sort things out for us and for others, and so although we know it is ridiculous to …

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[3 May 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Thought for the month – ‘Homecoming’      by Revd Rita Ball

A Reflection on Coming Home…
When I first came to live in Wash Common in June 1975, with Christopher and two small daughters, shopping meant a trip to Newbury or a visit to the Post Office store on Essex Street, the mostly pre-fabricated church hall was inclined to leak when the weather was wet, and St George’s church building was glorious in high summer, having been designed by an enthusiast for Italian architecture, but chilly for most of the year unless you sat tight up against one of the wall heaters, and even then your feet might freeze.

So Wash Common neighbourhood and church community became “home” for almost thirty years; the place where our family increased to …

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[12 Apr 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
Thought for the month… by Revd Becky Bevan

‘So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.’
This is the final sentence of Mark’s Gospel.  Imagine going to all the trouble of writing the story of Jesus, and carefully building up the plot, everything leading to Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, and every thread coming together on that first Easter morning when the tomb was found to be empty… And then finishing the whole saga like this with the women fleeing in terror and saying nothing to anyone.  Whichever way you look at it, it’s an odd way to end a story.
For centuries people assumed that this couldn’t really …

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[25 Jan 2018 | Leave a Comment | ]
“Let Your Light Shine!” – Lent Groups

Our Lent Groups this year are using the national Church of England lent course ‘Let Your Light Shine’.
#LiveLent – Let Your Light Shine, takes you on a six week discipleship journey through the Gospel of John, exploring what it means to be a witness.
If you would like to join a lent group, its not too late, please contact Kathy Winrow via nurture@st-george-newbury.org.uk
Daily prayer guides are available from Kathy Winrow for £2 each.  These can be used alongside a lent group or independent of them.