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by Pam
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Parliament Again
Replies: 18
Views: 901

Parliament Again

I think General Elections are often fought on who can paint the most appealing picture of the future, aren't they? The BBC have provided a guide to candidates here . I heard one of the political commentators say that the manifestoes this time around will probably be quite sparse. I think the way I'l...
by Pam
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Parliament Again
Replies: 18
Views: 901

Parliament Again

I think austerity has been an attempt to "live within our means", and has led to a lot of deprivation and the starvation of systems many of us rely on, like the NHS and public transport. Of course, this is my personal view. No, I don't know where the borrowed money comes from, either - maybe from th...
by Pam
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Parliament Again
Replies: 18
Views: 901

Parliament Again

I prefer to vote in person so that I can take the whole campaign into consideration, but I know a lot of people prefer a postal vote. I think PR does imply that parties will have to work together, since there are likely to be several different parties represented, with no clear majority. There's no ...
by Pam
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Vocation
Replies: 6
Views: 839

Vocation

I think there are two sides to discerning a vocation to a formal ministry - our own sense of calling, and the church's assessment of where we fit into the wider ministry picture. Sometimes our sense of calling runs ahead of the church! I was convinced God was calling me to be ordained, but always fe...
by Pam
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Vocation
Replies: 6
Views: 839

Vocation

I think if you know where God is calling you, you know. If you're not sure, then being given a steer like a suggestion to work in a wider area can be really helpful. I've been watching the sudden discovery of 'Estates Ministry' in the C of E with a degree of scepticism, because I know people who hav...
by Pam
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Parliament
Replies: 18
Views: 1272

Parliament

I hope and pray that the EU agrees to an extension to allow the General Election to go forward where I am pretty sure there will be a Brexit motion on the manifesto of all parties, which might or might not, decide the issue for the longer term. <snip> :minicandle: :minicandle: :minicandle: Prayers ...
by Pam
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: A Place to Talk
Topic: Keswick Convention 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Keswick Convention 2019

Great to see you here again, Barry. I’ve been to Keswick, but not during the Convention. When our children were young, we used to go with my sister and her family to New Wine in Somerset, which was a similar event with plenty of teaching, music and prayer ministry. We found it a breath of fresh air ...
by Pam
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Prayer
Topic: For The Beauty Of The Earth
Replies: 3
Views: 463

For The Beauty Of The Earth

The choir sang it at church yesterday. I'd forgotten how uplifting it was.
by Pam
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Prayer
Topic: For The Beauty Of The Earth
Replies: 3
Views: 463

For The Beauty Of The Earth

To celebrate this lovely summer day - John Rutter's beautiful anthem, sung by Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Primary) choir.

by Pam
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Preaching
Replies: 6
Views: 508

Preaching

Re politics and preaching - your original question - I'm always aware of the alleged gap between clergy and congregations in the C of E, in that it's always assumed that clergy are politically to the left of most congregations. I don't know if this is supported by any research, or just a perception....
by Pam
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Preaching
Replies: 6
Views: 508

Preaching

I just wanted to add : if you can't avoid talking about poverty and inequality,( but please try to ) for God's sake don't talk about the poor and unequal as if they are other people. This is my own biggest bete noir. One of my own biggest bete noires in prayer has always been 'Those less fortunate ...
by Pam
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: A Place to Talk
Topic: Parliament
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Parliament

I guess our new PM feels he has to make a big impact in a short time, and, having promised to deliver Brexit, has gathered the team he feels can do that. I can't really criticise him, even though a lot of good ministers have been sidelined - that's politics, I suppose, and they will be aware of the ...
by Pam
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: A Place to Talk
Topic: Christ is Risen Allelulia
Replies: 6
Views: 854

Christ is Risen Allelulia

He is risen indeed.

Alleluia!
by Pam
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Parliament
Replies: 43
Views: 3311

Parliament

I tend to agree that the current situation is Parliament working as it should, Joyce. Things that will profoundly affect the development of our country deserve more than a passing glance by out legislators. What I don't understand is why the vast majority of these legislators were happy to vote thro...
by Pam
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Leaving the EU
Replies: 16
Views: 1442

Leaving the EU

Back in the day, the EU was known as the Common Market, and was about trading. I remember when I was a child the shops had a lot of goods like 'Australian cheddar' that we don;'t see any more. As I understand it, the EU as a body signs trade deals which guarantee the other party access to the whole ...
by Pam
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Prayer
Topic: Lent talk - The Uncertainty of Jesus
Replies: 0
Views: 674

Lent talk - The Uncertainty of Jesus

I've just listened to this BBC Lent talk by Bex Lewis about her experiences of cancer, which I found very helpful.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003jj7

Bex believes strongly in 'keeping it real' online, and has been sharing her experiences honestly, including the difficult bits.
by Pam
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: A Place to Talk
Topic: Ordination of women to the priesthood - 25 years
Replies: 9
Views: 1003

Ordination of women to the priesthood - 25 years

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Church of England. Women now serve at every level of ordained ministry except Archbishop! 25th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood Maybe today is the day to read my recent birthday present - Arc...
by Pam
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Prayer
Topic: Judy needs our prayers
Replies: 7
Views: 944

Judy needs our prayers

Very sorry to hear of this tragedy, Joe,

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by Pam
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Being Ecumenical
Replies: 8
Views: 954

Being Ecumenical

I think it depends on local custom and practice, especially in the UK. I went to a Catholic retreat centre for a guided Ignatian retreat, and the introductory leaflet stated that non-Catholics should request a blessing at the Eucharist. It was explained to us that this was in keeping with the rules ...
by Pam
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Being Ecumenical
Replies: 8
Views: 954

Being Ecumenical

When I first joined a church, there was a very active 'Area Council of Churches' (which became 'Churches Together' in due course) and I attended lots of joint events. However, I couldn't but notice that it was the same few people from each church who ran and attended the events. I did particularly e...
by Pam
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Prayer
Topic: Prayers needed for my brother Bob
Replies: 18
Views: 1834

Prayers needed for my brother Bob

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by Pam
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: The Deep End
Topic: Forgiveness
Replies: 2
Views: 511

Forgiveness

Speaking of 'ases' - I find there's a lot to think about in 'Love your neighbour as yourself', too.
by Pam
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: A Place to Talk
Topic: Revival of TV Childrens Show, Crackerjack
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Revival of TV Childrens Show, Crackerjack

I remember schools programmes being broadcast in the middle of the night and videoed, the school video machine needing to be set up in advance by the one teacher who could deal with the modern technology! When I was teaching at secondary school, we had a parents' evening when the affair between Deid...
by Pam
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: A Place to Talk
Topic: Revival of TV Childrens Show, Crackerjack
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Revival of TV Childrens Show, Crackerjack

I literally did hind behind the sofa when the Daleks were on Dr Who - I was terrified of them!
by Pam
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: A Place to Talk
Topic: Revival of TV Childrens Show, Crackerjack
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Revival of TV Childrens Show, Crackerjack

In the UK it's a different landscape from when I, and my children, grew up. Going on holiday with grandchildren has opened my eyes to a huge range of programmes available on separate digital channels, rather than the small amount of time allocated to 'children's television' on the main channels back...