Five Minutes Peace

Grab a cuppa. Settle down in a comfy chair. Let yourself have 5 Minutes' Peace...
... To yourself away from the chaos of life. To relax. To reflect. To meet with God.

Read Acts 1:6-8

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So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

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The Beautiful Game

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In April 2015, a group of ministers from the Eastern and Thames North Synods attended their annual Spring School, this year visiting France and Belgium as part of the First World War’s centennial commemorations.

Of the many stories which came from the ‘Great War’, the Christmas truce remains among the most familiar, a moment of peace in a time of extreme conflict.

There are many different accounts of the event, but each tells of Christmas-time in the trenches and efforts to bring seasonal cheer to the cold, filthy ditches. Some speak of the trenches being decorated, while others mention Christmas carols being sung and greetings being exchanged across the battlefields.

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