This article was inspired in part by the address of Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard to the annual Conference of the Royal College of General Practitioners a couple of years ago. In it she spoke of one of the contributing factors to illness, especially in the elderly, namely loneliness.

loneliness  –  helping hands

It is true that now many old people live alone, having survived their partner or loved ones. They live solitary lives, never seeing another person from one week’s end to another. They are isolated and alone. The result is that they appear at the doctor’s surgery, often unnecessarily because they have no one else to talk to.


How well, or not so well, do churches receive people with dementia, and their carers?


Dementia is a subject I was very keen to investigate more. I am eager to discover what our church can do to help people with dementia and their carers. It seems to me that as Government funding continues to decrease and local facilities are hit by these ongoing cuts, the church perhaps has the resources needed to help, especially with its buildings and people.

On the way from Davenport to Brookhouse Green : finding the right path

During late May and Early June 2016, Revd. Yvonne Pearson, the Superintendent Minister of Dane and Trent Circuit, set out to walk the length of the Circuit, working her way from church to church, in seven stages. 

On each stage she was accompanied by groups of people from the churches in the areas she was walking through.  She has written a report showing pictures of some of the people she met on her walk and some of the places and things she saw, plus descriptions and reflections on what happened. 

wisdom  -  2 owls

Wisdom can be found in the most unlikely of places. Truth will jump out at us sometimes when we are least expecting it.

The Holy Spirit can sometimes tell us something even when we are not directly invoking his guidance.  We may just find ourselves surprised and suddenly grasped by an unexpected utterance or action which overwhelms us by how right it is.

It does not have to come from the Bible, the Creeds or the Hymn Book.  But if it does strike us as undeniably true, then we will also discover that it is consonant with what Holy Scripture teaches and resonates with it.  The Bible does not contain everything that should be considered to be true, although we believe that it contains all that is necessary for our salvation.  We do, however, also believe that the Holy Spirit is a manifestation of the living God, who still has new things to say to us.

male minister stereotype

When I was a probationer minister in my first church, I once had a phone call from a friend of my wife who had moved into a private preparatory school nearby. It was the middle of the night. She told me that all her electricity had gone off. Would I come?

Well, Joyce, you don't need me. You need an electrician, don't you? She said: "I've called the Electricity Board and they're sending a man round. I don't want to be alone in my flat with a man at this time of night. Will you come?"

Being a gallant knight with a maiden in distress I went round. It was a cold night but she had had so many appliances on at the same time that she had overloaded the system and fused everything. 

Coming up soon . . .

Sunday 26 May 10.00am
Child Contact Centre A Celebration
Sunday 26 May 10.00am
Thanksgiving & Celebration Service for Contact Centre at Trinity
Thursday 30 May - Sunday 9 Jun
10 day wave of prayer
Thursday 30 May 7.30pm
Ascension Day Service
Sunday 2 Jun 4.30am
Leaving Service: Rev Peter Barber
Sunday 2 Jun 3.00pm
Congleton Civic Service
Monday 3 Jun 7.00pm
Thanksgiving & Celebration Service for Contact Centre at Trinity
Monday 10 Jun 10.00am
Churches Together in Congleton – Prayer Meeting
Thursday 20 Jun - Sunday 23 Jun
Congleton Bible Week
Sunday 7 Jul 10.45am
Lower Withington Rose Queen Service