Lent 2015

Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent This month sees the beginning of Lent, the 40 days of preparation running up to Easter.  Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on Wednesday 17th February. The forty days of Lent is a reference to the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying, and preparing for his public ministry. He also taught his disciples to fast, so that they had time to focus on God and make time for prayer.  Prayer…

Film Club – February 2015

Friday evening, 13th February, 7:30pm ‘Dan in Real Life’ (2007)    PG Rating Starring the incomparable Steve Carell, this light-hearted romantic drama centres around the character of Dan Burns (Carell), a newspaper columnist, widower, and single father of three girls who travel to his parents’ house in Rhode Island for a family reunion. Dan encounters a woman called Marie, who he feels an instant connection with, but then she turns out to be the new girlfriend of his younger brother! And so the comedy begins… Full of…

Bill’s Letter February 2015

This is the first magazine of 2015, so I would like to begin with wishing you a Happy New Year. This time last year I was writing about the imminent dismantling of the old church building, and inviting people to a service that we held to commemorate its place in the community.  We had a really good turn out, so thank you to those who supported that, and came to tea at the Centre afterwards.  It was a moving service and I was encouraged by…

Film Club – January 2014

Friday evening, 9th January, 7:30pm ‘Life of Pi’ (2012)    PG Rating Life of Pi is an adventure drama film based on Yann Martel’s 2001 novel of the same name. Directed by Ang Lee, the film stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Gérard Depardieu, Tabu, and Adil Hussain. The storyline revolves around an Indian man named Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, living in Canada and telling a novelist about his life story and how at 16 he survives a shipwreck in which his family dies, and…

Film Club – December 2014

Friday evening, 12th December, 7:30pm ‘Mr Popper’s Penguins’ (2012)    PG Rating Based on the 1938 book of the same name by Richard and Florence Atwater, ‘Mr Popper’s Penguins’ is a comedy about how the surprise appearance of a penguin at a New York businessman’s door turns his life completely upside down, while simultaneously teaching him an important lesson about the value of family.  Mr Popper (Jim Carrey) lives in an exclusive Park Avenue apartment, has his sights set on    becoming a partner in his firm,…

Bill’s Letter December 2014/January 2015

I came across this picture some years ago, as an idea for a Christmas card.  It’s a picture that set me thinking about a number of messages that are important for Christmas. The focus of the picture is Jesus as a baby, but with the star that shows this is not an ordinary baby.  The star is a symbol of his power and glory, his light and role as guide and revealer of the truth. Jesus is the one whom people are coming to see and…

Film Club – November 2014

Friday evening, 14th November, 7:30pm ‘Private Peaceful’ (2012)    12 Rating An ideal film to watch as we remember 100 years since the start of World War 1, ‘Private Peaceful’ is an adaptation of the brilliant best-selling novel by Michael Morpugo.  It tells the story of the unbreakable bond between two brothers during World War 1, in which they are transported from childhood innocence in the fields of Devon to the  violence of the battlefield in Flanders.  In the trenches they experience the brutal injustice of…