Blogs and Testimonies

“This is going to be bigger than you imagine!”

“I just alone. No friend.  So sad.  So lonely.”  This is what an ESOL learner explained to me in 2005 as I covered her Skills for Life class, standing in for their regular teacher.  There were 14 other people in her class – who sat in silence, choosing seats dotted around the room as if […]

A Story of Connection, Through Coffee

In 2013 a bunch of us sat in a living room dreaming about opening a coffee shop close to where we live.  It was probably a love of coffee that brought us together, but none of us imagined how God would take our passions and marry them together with His love for the people that […]

Listening to the Holy Spirit’s Nudge

We were used to being able to enjoy the short walk from our previous home to Becontree Primary School. We would always be greeted by the lollipop person who would ensure everybody crossed the busy Becontree Avenue junction with School Way safely. With funds being cut across the borough, Becontree Primary School could no longer […]

When life hands you rags…

I love fabric! I can’t pass a fabric shop without going in and rummaging through the remnant bin – the possibility that I may find a treasure to include in my next quilt! Then with each sewing project I complete (or try to complete!) I squirrel away those precious off cuts, no piece too small […]

What must I do to be saved?

Nothing… And that is harder than you think. We are all trying to justify ourselves, make ourselves worthy of some standard. We are constantly trying to excuse our faults. Whether that is the ‘little white lie’ we told to protect someone else (though really it was because we didn’t want to face the fallout of […]

Claire’s Heart for Transforming Her Area

My name is Claire and I live opposite a disused bus turnaround. I have lived here a long time and as the bus turnaround is not used by the bus company or the area maintained it became very overgrown, both on the D section and the pathway and fencing round the edges, and you could […]

Lisa’s Valance Park Adventure

I have always loved Valence Park; it is the park where my daughter and son had their first time on a swing and where they took their new bikes on their birthdays. I found it painful to watch the play equipment break, get removed and not be replaced. The park became greyer and more desolate […]

Gardening this Christmas anyone?

(personal thoughts on sharing our faith this Christmas…) As we enter the month of December and as Christmas quickly approaches, traditionally we might have started to think (or be encouraged to think) about whom we might invite to our church Christmas meetings. Maybe for the first time, they might come and see and hear the […]