Posts By: fi

Bring and share at the bandstand

One of the things I love most about our times at the bandstand is the constant sense of surprise at what comes! This morning, instead of one of us preparing and leading the session, we had a ‘bring and share’ arrangement. It turned out to be poignant and moving beyond expectation. Fiona began with her… Read more »

Wake up and smell the….

If you had to lose one of your 5 senses which would you choose? A couple of weeks ago, due to a rather nasty virus, I completely lost my sense of smell – something that apparently in rare cases can be knocked out permanently. For a couple of weeks, the prospect of never being able… Read more »

Who are you?

I was struck by the grace-filled words from the Archbishop of Canterbury when he reacted to the discovery that the man who had raised him was not his genetic father. “There is no existential crisis, and no resentment against anyone. My identity is founded in who I am in Christ.” Our identity: so easily and… Read more »

Happy New Year

This morning in the park we took the opportunity to look back at 2012 and then forward to 2013, both individually, but more importantly as a group. Jonny Bakers New Year questions helped us to reflect. As part of Third space over the last few years,  I find myself less stressed about my little individual… Read more »

Holiday musings

Don’t know about you, but holidays always seem to be a time for me to reflect, re-asses, re-configure. I won’t bore you with the ‘no-doubt soon to be broken’ resolutions I’ve made, but did think a conversation starter on what we’re finding helpful, challenging, reading,   watching etc might be interesting. so here’s a few…. This… Read more »

Soul Space…it’s church Jim, but not as we know it….

A couple of weeks ago we set up our second Soul Space event. Our theme was ‘Detox’ and with that in mind, Third Space members each brought a different aspect of what that might mean. It was an opportunity to just come and think and be still.  There were different aromatherapy scents to try –… Read more »

sunday morning walk

We’re fortunate to be able to step out of our doors and be surrounded by the most fantastic scenery  here in Derbyshire. So last Sunday we made the most of it and left the bandstand to take a walk. It wasn’t too challenging (or too long), and offered a lots of variety in a relatively… Read more »

Prayer in the Garden

Last night we reflected around various themes using Colin & Michele’s garden. The Franciscan concept Great Chain of Being, first explored in May at the Bandstand, was the hinge pin of the evening. As we meditated on God’s provision in the veg patch, we were encouraged to thank the hens for their manure to feed… Read more »

What the papers say

We had a lively discussion about the press and phone hacking on Wednesday and then Colin posed some really challenging questions. One of which was something like, how can we in Third Space help people when they are vulnerable and downcast, how can we offer them support and strength? As part of the discussion that… Read more »