Posts By: wendy

All Saints Day in the park

Paul writes: Today we met in the park (appropriately socially-distanced!) for the last time before lockdown.  Fiona had found it was All Saints Day and the lectionary reading was the Beatitudes so we read round them in The Message (which, being less familiar, makes one think more about the meaning and perhaps emphasises their immediacy)… Read more »

Machinations about our calling

Kintsugi – The Japanese method of creating art from broken  ceramic objects. So today we met in the park, under the weeping beech, setting up two groups of chairs to meet the ‘Rule of six’ restrictions (even though we could potentially be a whole group, socially distanced, as a church. We had about 30 minutes… Read more »

“Liturgy of Strategic Interruption”

This morning Parker led us for the first time, bringing a poignancy and power in his analysis to what has been happening in his homeland, the US, in recent times and our response to that. His notes can be found below. 2020 has been a year of near-constant “interruption.” Our lives have been reoriented and… Read more »

Lockdown Pentecost

This morning we gathered by Zoom again and celebrated the Church’s birthday as never before! Missing being outdoors, we began taking a couple of minutes standing outside listening to the birdsong, soaking up the sunshine and feeling the breeze… Being in lockdown continues to help me see things from a different perspective and Pentecost has… Read more »

Bad news Good news

We had a special time meeting together today, not least in seeing old friends – Tessa and Richard – and seeing Jeremy and Sue since the death of his mum last week. Sharing together was very poignant and touching. Steve led today with the message ‘The church buildings may be empty – but so is… Read more »

Maundy Thursday via Zoom

So we are still meeting and being community and sharing bread and wine together via Zoom! I haven’t posted all we’ve done – but everything has blessed and uplifted us. The following is a meditation I wrote for Maundy Thursday: Maundy Thursday in lockdown 2020 – A meditation. That last week it had been like… Read more »

Socially distanced and in exile…

This morning 7 of us met and stood at a distance around the perimeter of the bandstand in glorious sunshine and a bitter wind! So much had happened since meeting last week: the ground had shifted, workplaces left behind, holidays cancelled, routines lost, social events shut down and certainties now a thing of the past…. Read more »

What comes our way…

Fi led this Sunday and this is her stuff – which we all found so helpful… Mama always said: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get” (Forest Gump)   One of the things I’ve really appreciated about my community at Third Space is its flexibility to bend and… Read more »

At the turn of the decades at the bandstand

We began with these words after a moment of listening to birdsong and taking time to appreciate the stillness of the morning: We are here at the invitation of God The God who lured us into his kingdom Speaking forgiveness and acceptance and love And brought us here together to be welcomed at this place…. Read more »

Christmas at the bandstand

So in the lead up to Christmas we made some angel decorations to place around the park for people to take away with them. Fiona had found instructions on DIY Christmas Ornaments: Twine Angels and we spent a hilarious evening making the angels – some finding the creative task more challenging than others! We attached… Read more »