Posts By: wendy

Fast Pray Give

Hollywood may have had its success with Eat Pray Love, but I reckon Lent got there first with its emphasis on Fast Pray Give! Today in rain, rather than snow, we began to prepare for Lent so that Ash Wednesday doesn’t take us by surprise. We all had a sheet to take away, with the… Read more »

All saints and souls at the bandstand

  We celebrated All Saints and All Souls days today. beginning with the words from Ecclesiasticus 44 which tells us to remember the famous but also to know that God remembers those we have forgotten – all lives count: 1 Let us now praise famous men, And our fathers that became the father of us. 7 All these… Read more »

Co-missioning at the bandstand

Our morning began with Steve reading the Genesis 1 creation account. This was the first time I can recall hearing that, whilst looking at the park, trees, sky and hills, imagining each part of the landscape being filled in, day by day (even down to the dog being walked as we were hearing about the… Read more »

Sunday on the canal

This week we were on a canal boat – a trip auctioned and won by us in a blind bid for the teenage unit of Weston Park Children’s Cancer Hospital in Sheffield. It was a fun time together, with much laughter particularly when we got stuck in the overgrown weed and needed rescuing by canal… Read more »

Year review at the bandstand

This morning Steve led us, using the story of Jesus casting the demons out of Legion as a basis to review the core values we have at ThirdSpace and to ask questions of where we are and where we’re going. He concluded that the story speaks of a man who experiences Jesus-induced change: From exclusion to… Read more »


Last night at 7:20pm Tony died after a long, long haul in his battle with bowel cancer. He had, only minutes before, been conscious and able to hug both daughters, Catherine and Charlotte. Frances, his mum and dad and siblings were all with him. At some point, in these last couple of days, he had… Read more »

Lent at the bandstand

This Sunday we basked in the sheer beauty of nature around us as we reminded ourselves just who God is and who we are – using these words: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good His love endures forever. The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it Who can compare to our… Read more »

Rob Bell’s ‘Love wins’ – Chapter One.

Wednesday saw some of at the Red Lion to discuss issues arising from this book and ‘The Love Wins Companion’ we’ve bought to help us along. It seemed important to discuss first why it can be so hard to voice questions / doubts in Christian groups. One of the reasons is the fear of being… Read more »

Burns Night at Holly House

It was a special evening as we gathered round the Quaker table to share our haggis, neeps and tatties. For the first time in a long while, Tony, Frances and Charlotte were all present and we were delighted to welcome Peter and Uta to their first ThirdSpace meal – we were just sorry to miss… Read more »

Thanksgiving at the bandstand

In the fierce winds whipping around Matlock (!) a number of us gathered (huddled) to reflect on what it might mean to live as thankful people. Steve shared a prayer he’d grown up with at school known as the General Thanksgiving and had us reflect on the mismatch between those rather antiquated words and the… Read more »