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Editorial: A Place to Belong

Paul Beasley-Murray

Over the years I have experimented with a variety of ‘strap lines’ for our church in Chelmsford. At one stage, for instance, stated on church publicity were the words, Central Baptist Church – going Christ’s way and making disciples. Perhaps for church people this constant reminder of our mission statement ...

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Church - Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Clive Jarvis

Are we prepared for visitors? Cheers was a popular TV show in both the USA and in the UK from the 1980s. Its famous refrain featured in the title song was, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name." The show’s stars played a collection of sad and dysfunctional characters, but at Cheers ...

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Treasure in Clay Pots

Paul Beasley-Murray

This sermon was preached at Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford, in July 2011 at a service of infant dedication. Geoff and Amanda, I wonder, what kind of parties your Zachary will be into in future years? Our children have particularly liked pirate parties. The first pirate party was years ago when ...

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God Gave Rock 'n Roll To You

Alun Brookfield

I do something as part of my ministry which, unless others know differently, is unique. Two and a half years ago, I started a rock and roll singing group in my parish. There are no auditions, so anyone can join, as long as they’re willing to dance as they sing. ...

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Readings for Retreats

Paul Beasley-Murray

Our Chairman, the Revd Dr Paul Beasley-Murray, was privileged to be able to take a two week retreat during 2011. During that time, he relied on readings from the Revised Common Lectionary as the focus for scriptural reflection and meditation. However, he wondered whether other Christian leaders might benefit from ...

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A Code of Practice for Communications

With thanks to Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford

It pretty much goes without saying that local churches of any denomination are complicated communities. They are largely informal in their communications within and among their members. The danger of such informality is that important messages are not heard and acted upon by the right people, and/or that communications are ...

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