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Little Fish223Re: Little Fish at Warley Baptist Church 

Thank you so much Peter Spence for this article. Thank you also for acknowledging Richard Hardy, he really has made people think on this topic. So pleased you have fully embraced this as part of your mission. Do get your team to join Scramblers Network if they aren't part of it already.
Sue Greene (via Facebook)

Peter Spence great article. The more we can get the word out about the power of Toddler Group the better.
Richard Hardy (via Facebook)

I came to faith because of@WestCliffChurch’s toddler group. Toddler groups change lives.
Louise John (via Twitter)


 


 


Hymns223The great hymnal misunderstanding


I was interested to read the letters on this website on the various views of hymns and songs in our churches. As a church organist and musician of over 50 years I have had to learn to adapt and am now comfortable with traditional hymns and modern contemporary songs. I am responsible for choosing music or our church worship and try to include a wide genre of music according to the relevance and theme of the service.

However, one thing that irks me particularly with traditional hymns is that we give so much credit for hymn writers but tend to completely ignore the tune composers. We talk about the great hymns of Charles Wesley for example, but forget that although he wrote the words, he had nothing to do with writing the fabulous tunes that go with them. For example! His great hymn And Can it Be is set to the tune “Sagina”, composed by T Campbell of which very little is known. If he had not composed that tune, I wonder if we would enjoy singing And Can it Be to a tune such as “Melita” (Eternal Father, strong to save) whilst we should not take away the credit from people like Wesley, I think we should not give him all the credit, and it should be shared with the great tunesmiths as well.
Leslie Rees-Partridge
 




Welcome223Re: 'Welcomed beautifully into membership'


Several years ago we had a young man with special needs join our church. His particular responsibility was to provide a drinking tumbler of fresh water in the pulpit at each service, A duty he did lovingly for many years.
Shirley Hobbs (via Facebook)

This is very special and similar to what Rev Martin Hills and our congregation (family) at Oundle Baptist Church did for our daughter. A moment that she recognised as being special and greatly enjoyed.
Ankia Britz Clidaras (via Facebook)

Love this story! This is exactly what #church should be about!
Greenfield Church (via Twitter)

A must read! And God loves her just us much as a pastor with a PhD from Bible college
Ian McDonald (via Twitter)



 



Knife crimeRe: What can Christians do about knife crime?


Fantastic article Sally Mann. Thought provoking and getting the message out there.
Stephen Williamson (via Facebook)

Thanks Sally, a really thoughtful article.
Tade Agbesanwa (via Facebook)

Great article, Sally
Darragh Gray (via Facebook)

Lobby for more funding for police. Dont vote for a tax cutting party that would put more strain in services. Pay your taxes like jesus said and dont tax avoid. 
Rob Taylor (via Facebook)

 


 

Alone223Re: The silent epidemic of loneliness


Good article, but we also need to acknowledge it's not only a problem "out there". There are MANY #lonely people WITHIN #churches. (Within the #manse too, often). We're not always good about being honest about our struggles. #TruthWins #Isolation #MentalHealthAwareness
Broken Rites (via Twitter) 


 



 

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