What value our dreams? – Graham Coyle

Up until 27th June I hadn’t heard of Marcus Willis, I’d be surprised if you had.  On 29th June I, along with perhaps millions of others, watched him play Roger Federer (I’m assuming that most of you will have heard of Roger) on the centre court at Wimbledon.  In a matter of a few hours Marcus Willis had become a national celebrity.  I had seen a clip on the news of him walking through the grounds of Wimbledon and people were clamouring for his autograph.  He seemed uncertain of what to do, as if he were a bit of an imposter but eventually he paused to sign some and those that he stopped for seemed genuinely delighted.

It must be something to do with umbrellas – Graham Coyle

I have recorded elsewhere an ‘encounter’ that I had with some ladies carrying umbrellas and recently I had another ‘encounter’ but this time with a bloke trying to see me an umbrella.

I was in a foreign city that I had never visited before and it was raining; really raining.  Despite this I was determined to see something of the place, so armed with an umbrella I set out.  Incidentally, did you know that the meaning of umbrella is ‘little shadow’ and that originally they were designed as sunshades to protect the complexions of genteel Italian ladies?  You didn’t, well there you are then, an interesting fact to pull out at the next suitable opportunity.

I was making my way across an open area, umbrella aloft, when I was approached by a man offering to sell me – an umbrella. 

What goes up must come down – Graham Coyle

Recently the church celebrated the festivals of Ascension and Pentecost, or rather a large proportion of the global church did.  It’s not that we in CCW weren’t invited to join them but if these significant events passed by without you noticing them you are probably in the minority, globally speaking.

The reality of Jesus in worship – Graham Coyle

So, here’s a thought. In times of worship we are often encouraged to focus on the fact that Jesus is with us by His Spirit, yes? And this is an incredible truth because He truly is. But if He loves us so much, why doesn’t He just turn up? Surely that would be a whole lot easier for all of us? I’m not talking of a full blown, worldwide second coming, nothing quite as final as that, just a brief appearance at the occasional gathering on a Sunday. Or, for that matter, any other time.

Week 2 Zambia – Helen and Peter Farrington

New boreholeAs we drove 80 km into the bush, villages became more remote and isolated.  The roads became bumpier and more muddy.  We saw small clusters of huts where two or three families lived together.  The communities were very poor, cooking on charcoal and log fires and until recently walking many kilometres to reach water each day.