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mead rAs Newport Pagnell United Reformed Church progresses its plans to build a community centre to cater for the needs of families, people with disabilities and many others in the local area, Victoria Paulding of the Mead Centre Vision Team explains the significance of looking outwards, beyond the walls of church buildings, in living the life of Jesus today:

When I started attending Newport Pagnell United Reformed Church, the vision of the Mead Centre hooked me almost immediately. The aim is to provide a space in our local area that supports those who have nowhere else to go in our town. Those with addictions, those who are lonely, those who are hungry, those with additional needs or living with dementia. All of these people are often ignored, and we want to bring an end to that.

Read more: Newport Pagnell URC seeks to “be the presence of Jesus, not simply talk about it”

yourchurch rMuch has happened during lockdown to help Christians keep worshipping during lockdown, bringing an important gap. But what about discipleship? How have these opportunities helped people to continue growing in their faith and living it out in their everyday reality?

Debs Brooks explains how her involvement in an emerging online congregation has helped her and her family ‘live the life of Jesus today’.

Read more: Moving from online worship to online discipleship

Poems rNaomi Young-Rodas, minister of Christ Church, Rayleigh in Essex, explains how her creative juices got flowing, writing poetry during lockdown to support her local congregation. 

A long time ago, I used to write poems and I have had some published in worship anthologies such as Courage to Love: An Anthology of Inclusive Worship Material and Entertaining Angels: A worship anthology on sharing Christ’s hospitality both edited by Geoffrey Duncan.

I haven’t written much poetry for years, but early on in lockdown, when we couldn’t go out anywhere except for one daily walk, I found myself writing again. The poems came spontaneously and, for the most part, I did not edit them. Some were funny, some linked to Easter, which fell in the first few weeks of lockdown, some referred to items in the news like the Barnard Castle incident and the killing of George Floyd.

Read more: Minister finds creative way of supporting local church during lockdown

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