Fore Street Topsham, Exeter

Minister : Reverend Paul Collings BTh (Hons) : email : : Telephone : 01392 206229 : Mobile : 07941 880768

About Us

St Nicholas Methodist Church has existed on the present site for over 150 years since it opened in 1867.

We are a friendly community of believers where all are welcomed. We help each other to worship God, and strive to live more like Christ in service beyond the walls of our church building.

Part of the
Exeter Coast and Country Circuit of the Methodist Church.

Friday, 30 September 2022

Doors and Gateways


The Ruins at Brecon Castle by Paul Collings

Matthew 24:32-35 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[a] is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Above the doorway of the Bible Society in Poland there used to be an inscription with part of the this text. At the beginning of World War II, aerial bombings flattened much of Warsaw, Poland. Cement blocks, ruptured plumbing, and shards of glass lay strewn across the great city. In the downtown area, however, most of one damaged building still stubbornly stood. It was the Polish headquarters for the British and Foreign Bible Society. Still legible on a surviving wall were these words: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” 

Jesus made that statement to encourage His disciples when they asked Him about the “end of the age”. But His words also give us courage in the midst of our embattled situation today. Standing in the rubble of our shattered dreams, we can still find confidence in God’s indestructible character, sovereignty, and promises.

The psalmist wrote: “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Ps. 119:89). But it is more than the word of the Lord; it is His very character. That is why the psalmist could also say, “Your faithfulness continues through all generations” (v. 90).

As we face life experiences, we can define them either in terms of despair or of hope. Because God will not abandon us to our circumstances, we can confidently choose hope. His enduring Word assures us of His unfailing love.

Lord Jesus Christ, you have come and are coming. You have been here from the beginning, you have been here in time, and now you come to us in this very hour. You remind us about yet another day, and another hour, another coming of which no one knows the moment, except the Father. You bid us to be ready. Ame

Thursday, 29 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

Rugged North Cornwall Coastline by Paul Collings

Luke 3:5

‘Every ravine will be filled,

And every mountain and hill will be brought low;

The crooked will become straight,

And the rough roads smooth;

Passage through the wilderness was an integral part of John’s mission, as it was for Abraham, Moses, Elijah and Jesus. Where, in all the hurly burly of modern life, do we find a holy place, a place where we can be apart and encounter God daily? 

John began his mission in the wilderness, as Jesus was to do. We each have a wilderness inside us, a place of testing, where the power of false gods is broken. It is a place of encounter with ourselves, with our inner demons and with God. We should not be afraid of going into this wilderness, since it is there that the word of God will come to us.

The paths we follow are often crooked, diverting us from our eternal goal. We may well ask  what can I do to make my path to God straight?

We are always invited to open ourselves to further conversion, to an ever deeper change of heart, to a deeper listening to what Jesus is asking of us, “Lord, what do you want me to do, to be?”

Our own role is not unlike that of John the Baptist. Like him, each one of us has a mission to communicate the Spirit of Christ and his message of hope, love, freedom and peace to others.

To help people fill their valleys and make their rough paths smoother. A word of affirmation, encouragement and indeed a simple smile can work wonders.

Loving God, 

be to us as a bulldozer of the spirit.

Clear your road in us;

clear a path through the detritus of possessions and obsessions.

Thrust aside our divided aims and devious games.

Topple the ramparts of pride and the doubts that deride.

Make a highway on which Christ may come

and take possession of the whole territory of our being.  

To the glory of your name we pray.


Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

St Anthony Light, Falmouth Estuary by Paul Collings

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Have you ever been in a truly dark place? Many years ago, I remember whilst visiting Kent’s Caverns that the guide switch out the lights and I experienced complete darkness  where even a single move could could be dangerous?

We live in a spiritually dark world where our souls are often in peril. In this section of Psalm 119 the psalmist declares that God’s Word is a light for our path for living in this dark world.

The psalmist vows to use God’s Word to shine a light on his path. He’s not suggesting that God’s Word shines a light on the future, as if he could sneak a peek into events that would take place tomorrow or next year. He is saying that God’s Word helps him to understand right from wrong as he faces choices today. He is saying God’s Word teaches the meaning of obedience so that he can live confidently for God in his world each day.

Like the psalmist, we too need God’s Word to guide our steps. Only God’s Word can correctly inform us about the meaning of right and wrong. And the truth is, the more deeply steeped we are in God’s Word, the more clearly we can discern right from wrong and choose the right path.

In some places you walk today, you may need a flashlight. But in every place you go, you will need God’s Word as a lamp for your feet and a light for your path.

Secure our steps, O God—

on rough terrain, 

on shifting sands,

on fine, wide roads,

on narrow paths.

Make our footsteps firm.

Secure our steps, O God—

in the boardroom,

at the water cooler,

in the school yard,

in the checkout line.

Make our footsteps firm.

Secure our steps, O God—

chasing after deadlines,

trailing after toddlers,

scrambling toward the finish line,

clamouring for security.

Make our footsteps firm.

Secure our steps, O God—

pacing through hospitals,

wandering through the hurt,

tripping over the unforeseen,

meandering through the grief.

Make our footsteps firm.


Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

View from of the Fal Estuary from Trelissick House

By Paul Collings

Proverbs 37:23 The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;

People today, ask the question, “how many steps did you take today?” With the advent of watches that record the distance travelled, there seems to be keen competition as to your walking record for each day. Perhaps a better question is not how many, but what steps did you take today?

I recently read this poem that illustrates the importance of each step we take on the Christian pathway.

He does not lead me year by year

Nor even day by day,

But step by step my path unfolds;

My Lord directs my way.

Tomorrow’s plans I do not know,

I only know this minute;

But He will say, "This is the way,

By faith now walk in it."

And I am glad that it is so,

Today’s enough to bear;

And when tomorrow comes, His grace

Shall far exceed its care.

What need to worry then, or fret?

The God who gave His Son

Holds all my moments in His hand

And gives them, one by one.


Move us, Joyful God,

take our hands and lead us in your dance of creation.

When we are uncertain,

guard our hearts with your peace.

When our steps falter,

surround us with the strength of your Spirit.

Guide us, Dancing God,

until we are move and sing with the joy of your salvation.

In the name of Emmanuel, God with Us, we pray, Amen.

Monday, 26 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

Road to Salo, Lake Garda by Paul Collings

Proverbs 3:6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

No doubt we have all as children walk along a wall or even a tight rope and had the instruction look straight ahead and pin point your eyes on a mark dead ahead of you in order to maintain your balance. So it is true in the Christian way of life. When the eyes of our heart are focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, in love, and all we desire is to know Him more, and to please Him in everything we do, then it matters not which path you take, for He will be there leading you, and He will be there guiding you, no matter what path you choose.

This simple truth is written clearly in Proverbs 3:6, To acknowledge the Lord is to know Him and to have intimate fellowship with Him. It is to trust what He says, believe His Word and obey what He commands us to do. It is to abide in Him and depend upon Him alone. It is to walk in spirit and truth, to grow in grace, to be ready to listen to His guiding voice and to follow His lead. 

According to Timothy Keller, Jesus says, "I want you to follow me so fully, so intensely, so enduringly that all other attachments in your life look weak by comparison"

Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full, in his wonderful face

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of his glory and grace. Amen

Saturday, 24 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

Narrow Entrance to Lagomar House - Lanzarote

By Paul Collings

Matthew 19:23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

The eye of the needle is a doorway in the old wall of Jerusalem. It was constructed to keep camels out and treasures in. The people would have enjoyed Jesus' play on the place name, and knew that he had a light way of saying something heavy. Possessions can keep us from God. We can ask what is our heavy baggage that keeps us from entering the freedom of the children of God - love of wealth and comfort, holding onto hurt in the past or just the pride of wanting to be in charge of my own world.

In the context of the time where the rich were considered to have done everything right in God’s eyes, and would be favoured by God and gain a place in Heaven, what hope would a poor person have?  It is easy to identify with the apostle’s frustration as they had given up everything but they still hadn't grasped the essence of his mission.  Jesus makes it clear that God’s ways are not our ways. God does not judge by human standards. The decisions and choices we make in following Jesus will be rewarded in ways we can’t imagine. 

Perhaps we should reflect on a time when we made a choice in the name of Jesus, and talk with him now about that experience. We may even question is there anything our  lives that we need to hand over to the Lord for whom all things are possible? Ask the Lord to help you entrust it to him.

O Wise God

You have come to us in the form of a vulnerable child;

You teach us that the last are first and the first, last;

You lead us on a Way to new life that leads through death.

Truly your wisdom is different than ours!

Meet us in this place and teach us your foolish wisdom

and your vulnerable power;

give us joy to receive it fully

and courage to live it foolishly,

through Jesus Christ, your Wisdom and Word. Amen

Friday, 23 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

A narrow lane in Mdina, Malta 

by Paul Collings

Deuteronomy 28:6

“Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

I recall 34 years ago travelling back across the iron curtain, having completed a mission endeavour, conscious that I left many friends in Poland who were not so free to come and go across this border. As I travelled a growing awareness of the privilege and freedom I enjoyed began to dawn. 

This difference between possession and enjoyment is well illustrated in the story of Louis Delcourt.  He was a young French soldier during the First World War who overstayed his leave and, fearing disgrace, he decided to desert.  He persuaded his mother to lock him up in the attic of their home and there she hid him and fed him for twenty-one years.

But in August 1937 his mother died.  There was no chance now of his retaining his incognito and remaining in hiding.  So, pale and haggard, he staggered along to the nearest police officer, where he gave himself up.  The police officer looked at him in utter incredulity and asked him, “where have you been that you have not heard?”  “Haven’t heard what?” asked Louis.  “That a law of amnesty for all deserters was passed years ago.”

Louis Delcourt had freedom but did not enjoy it because he did not know that he had it.  It is the same with many Christian people today.  They have been set free by Jesus Christ.  But they are not enjoying their freedom because they do not know that they have it.

How blessed we are we can come and go because Christ goes with us.

Gracious God,

you have made all of the peoples of the earth for your glory.

You invite us to serve you in freedom and in peace.

Give to the people of all nations a zeal for justice

and the strength for forbearance,

that we may use our liberty

in accordance with your gracious will.

We ask this in the name of the one

who welcomes all to be free indeed.

Inspire us to live and worship in your freedom

and for the sake of your Kingdom. Amen.

Thursday, 22 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

A Ruined Gateway, Lanzarote 

by Paul Collings

Matthew 7:13-14

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Making one’s way through a narrow passage demands concentration and perseverance. It means avoiding the distractions of broader and more attractive pathways. However, narrowing down the many distractions and temptations that we encounter throughout our lives leads us to the height and the breadth and the depth of God.

The passage begs the question, “Can I be alert today to the temptation of wandering onto side roads that divert me from my ultimate destination? Can I pray for the grace to resist them?”

As we read this words of Jesus it is suggested that we bring to mind how we will spend the next day and picture how we might keep this simple statement of Jesus before them us. We know it is not just a billboard statement or an advertising motto. We perhaps need to pray that it may become my rule of life.

Jesus asks us to follow through a narrow gate and on a hard road. Even as we consider what that means to us, we allow ourselves to hear Jesus invite us to be with him on this journey.

Heavenly Father,

May we seek you and find you,

may we knock and the door be opened,

for we are sojourners looking for your Kingdom.

As we encounter suffering in this world,

turn our hearts, our ears, our eyes, our souls

toward Christ, who emptied himself,

and was tempted,

and suffered for us,

even giving his own life.

In this suffering, plant seeds of hope,

and let us never stray so far into despair,

that we forget the resurrection of Christ

and the power of his Spirit.


Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

A Wayside Chapel, Malta 

by Paul Collings

Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving

And His courts with praise.

Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

Because God created us and shepherds us (Psalm 100:3), we ought to respond to Him with thankfulness and praise (Psalm 100:1). 

Believers can be thankful that the Lord never changes. He is always loving, patient, kind, merciful, and benevolent. He is as dependable today as He was when He rescued the Hebrews from the Egyptians at the Red Sea. Furthermore, the Lord pours out His blessings to us every day. James 1:17 points out that every good and perfect gift comes from Him. He orchestrates everything in our lives for our good and His glory. 

We can face even difficult circumstances with thanksgiving on our lips. First Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to "give thanks in all circumstances." Psalm 84:11 promises: "No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly." A thankful heart expresses itself in praise. Psalm 100:4 joins thanksgiving and praise together. Instead of complaining, harbouring ingratitude, and indulging in self-pity, we should count our blessings and praise the Lord for who He is and for His numerous gifts.

William Law suggest that, “To be always in a thankful state of heart before God is not to be considered a high plane of spirituality but rather the normal attitude of one who believes that "all things work together for good to them that love God, who are called according to his purpose."

Praise God, O my soul!

We stand in awe at Your greatness, O God.

You are indeed great,

robed in honour and majesty.

For covering, you choose light—

     Your clothes, sunset and moonrise.

For a tent, You stretch out the heavens;

for Your roof, You pitch the sky.

You make Your messengers like the winds;

     the breeze whispers Your words.

You placed the earth on its foundations—

     it will never shaken.

How great are Your works, O God!

We stand in awe at all that You have done. Amen

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

Mdina -The Old Walled Capital of Malta by Paul Collings

Psalm 24:7-10

Lift up your heads, O gates,

And be lifted up, O ancient doors,

That the King of glory may come in!

Who is the King of glory?

The Lord strong and mighty,

The Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O gates,

And lift them up, O ancient doors,

That the King of glory may come in!

David appeals to Jerusalem to make room for the King of glory to enter the city. Today, when a prominent dignitary like a royal person visits the nation's capital, a flurry of activity precedes his arrival. Traffic is cleared, flags are hoisted, and security is enhanced. Every precaution is taken to welcome the distinguished visitor. Jerusalem's gates were the site where official business was transacted. David's call to the gates was a poetic summons to the whole city of Jerusalem to welcome the King of glory. 

Tradition suggests this psalm is connected to when David brought the ark of the covenant back from the home of Obed-edom. The ark that represented God's presence was about to enter Jerusalem. When it had been seized by the Philistines, Eli's daughter-in-law bore a son and called him Ichabod, saying, "'The glory has departed from Israel!' because the ark of God had been captured". Now that the ark was about to enter Jerusalem, the glory of the King of heaven and earth was returning.

It used to be socially acceptable to just "drop by" someone’s house for a visit. That’s becoming more and more difficult. In Faith Popcorn’s Dictionary of the Future, she offers two new terms that illustrate this. One is the word neo-fortress, which describes an architectural style many new homeowners are choosing.

A neo-fortress is a large imposing structure that says "stay away" to would-be "drop in" guests. Neo-fortresses are intimating, castle-like houses that say to people "you are not welcome here." The second, related term is privatopia. A privatopia is a gated, secured, subdivision of neo-fortresses. Apparently, email and cell phones have made us so accessible that in our loss of privacy, we think we need such structures.

"I hope I’m not intruding." How many times have we heard or said these words? But there are moments in life when a Christian is called to intrude and to keep intruding. Why? Because we have an intrusive God. Jesus was the biggest intruder in all of history. His birth, the Word made flesh, was The Great Intrusion-of eternal into the temporal, the divine into the human, the spiritual into the material.

The entire Bible, Old and New Testaments, testifies to the power of an intrusive God to break into our busy and crowded existence with the news of God’s amazing grace and love.

God of secret purposes and extravagant blessings,

we come to praise you.

We come because we want to,

we sing our songs because we are glad to,

we pray for your grace because we need to,

and we ask for the love of Christ in our hearts

because without it we are a dead loss.

Please lift every shutter within our mind,

and open every door within our soul,

that you, the Lord of glory, the God of countless hosts, may come in.

Through Christ Jesus, the joy of loving hearts.  Amen!

Monday, 19 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

The old naval bakery, Vittoriosa Malta 
by Paul Collings

Proverbs 8:1-3

Does not wisdom call,

And understanding lift up her voice?

On top of the heights beside the way,

Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;

Beside the gates, at the opening to the city,

At the entrance of the doors, she cries out:

Once more we find Wisdom lifting her voice. But in particular, in these verses the line that speaks to me is that Wisdom stands where paths meet beside the gates at the opening of the city. It says to me that the Wisdom of God is calling me where our paths meet.

In the Northumbria Midday Celtic Prayer there is a Canticle that says:

Teach us, dear Lord, to number our days;

that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Oh, satisfy us early with Thy mercy,

that we may rejoice and be glad all of our days.

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us;

and establish Thou the work of our hands.

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us;

and establish Thou the work of our hands, dear Lord.

Elizabeth Elliot, in her book ‘Let Me Be a Woman’, records the story of Gladys Aylward unable to accept the looks God had given her. Ms. Aylward told how when she was a child she had two great sorrows. One, that while all her friends had beautiful golden hair, hers was black. The other, that while her friends were still growing, she had stopped. She was about four feet ten inches tall. But when at last she reached the country to which God had called her to be a missionary, she stood on the wharf in Shanghai and looked around at the people to whom He had called her. “Every single one of them” she said, “had black hair. And every one of them had stopped growing when I did.” She was able to look to God and exclaim, “Lord God, You know what You’re doing!”

Faithful Father, You remain trustworthy despite my failures and unfaithfulness. You are always dependable, and it’s not because of what I’ve done but because that is Who You are. Help me Lord to take that fully to heart. Help me place my full trust and dependence on You. I seek and trust You for wisdom and direction in every decision and every endeavour I take. Lead me, Father, Amen.

Saturday, 17 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

 Proverbs 1:20-21

Wisdom shouts in the street,

She lifts her voice in the square;

At the head of the noisy streets she cries out;

At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings:

Right through scripture we come across the world wisdom. From an Old Testament perspective. Wisdom is really an approach to life, a way of looking at the world and, for Israelites, a way of living out in very deliberate, rational ways their commitment to God. 

From these two verses we see much of how wisdom is expressed within the cut a thrust of everyday life. We notice that wisdom can make itself known in spite of the hubbub of existence. Did you also note the pronoun for Wisdom, “she”, for the word for Wisdom in Hebrew is Sophia. Also, note that Wisdom lifts her voice  in the square the centre of the community as well as at the entrance to the city. 

Have you ever noticed how it is possible to screen out certain sounds and even voices to the extent that you cannot hear them any more. In order to focus on a particular conversation, listeners need to be able to focus on the voice of the speaker they wish to listen to. This process is called "selective attention" and it has been long known by researchers that it happens in the part of the brain called the auditory cortex, which processes speech information.

We could also say that in spiritual terms we may selectively decide to screen out the voice of Wisdom and its rich life giving meaning. In 1 Corinthians we find Paul saying, “But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

Again, Fred Beuchner helps us when he says, “Wisdom is a matter not only of the mind but of the heart, like a woman's wisdom. It is born out of suffering, as a woman bears a child. It shows a way through the darkness the way a woman stands at the window holding a lamp. "Her ways are ways of pleasantness," says Solomon, then adding, just in case there should be any lingering question as to her gender, "and all her paths are peace" (3:17).”

Lord, You are all-wise, the source of all true wisdom. With Your supreme wisdom, you have planned my life and the course I have to take. Lead me, Lord, to the way I have to go through and direct me to the path you have prepared for me. Help me Lord to make the right decisions and allow me to experience Your power and love in my life that I may, with a sound mind, shun away the fears that confusion brings. Amen.

Friday, 16 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

The Old Water Gate - Exeter by Paul Collings

Psalm 118:19-20

Open to me the gates of righteousness;

I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord;

The righteous will enter through it.

How would you define righteousness. The dictionary expresses it as “acting in accord with divine or moral law.” 

Fred Beuchner put it this way. 

"YOU HAVEN'T GOT IT RIGHT!" says the exasperated piano teacher. The young pupil is holding his hands the way he's been told. His fingering is unexceptionable. He has memorised the piece perfectly. He has hit all the proper notes with deadly accuracy. But his heart's not in it, only his fingers. What he's playing is a sort of music, but nothing that will start voices singing or feet tapping. He has succeeded in boring everybody to death, including himself.

Jesus said to his disciples, "Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:20). The scribes and Pharisees were playing it by the book. They didn't slip up on a single do or don't. But they were getting it all wrong.

Righteousness is getting it all right. If you play it the way it's supposed to be played, there shouldn't be a still foot in the house.

What was it Charles Wesley wrote?

No Condemnation now I dread,

Jesus, and all in Him, is mine

Alive in Him, my Living Head,

And clothed in Righteousness Divine,

Bold I approach th' eternal Throne,

And claim the Crown, through Christ my own” 

― Charles Wesley

O Lord, I pray that my mind focuses on what is true, honourable and worthy of respect. I pray that whatever is right and confirmed by Your Word; whatever is pure and wholesome is what I fixate on. I declare that all things that are admirable and of good repute are at the centre of my mind. May all things that are praiseworthy be the foundation of my daily meditation, Amen.

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

Old West Gate, Exeter by Paul Collings

 Psalm 9:14

That I may tell of all Your praises,

That in the gates of the daughter of Zion

I may rejoice in Your salvation.

Have you ever entered an impressive building and been blown away by the glorious majesty of the structure. For me is could be the awesome starkness of Liverpool Cathedral or the huge underground natural concert hall Cueva de los Verdes left by the Lanzarote volcanic eruption that now can accommodate over 500 concert goers. 

In particular, there is something about walking down the narrow passages and then suddenly finding yourself in the awesome auditorium. From the outside it looks just like a volcanic hole in the ground, but to get the full benefit of the spender we must take steps to enter.

So it is with the Psalmist with that all important word “in” the gates as the place where I can experience, and rejoice in God’s Salvation.

Gracious and loving God,

you enabled the Psalmist to turn to you,

confident that all his cries and prayers

would be heard by you and answered by you. 

Prayers uttered in the belief that you would not permit evil and despair

to have the last word. 

We offer our prayers in that same belief,

and with even greater confidence,

for in Jesus you have made known your great love for all people. 

He bears our burdens in times of trouble and through his sacrificial love,

our lives are blessed, strengthened, and empowered by the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

For these great gifts,

we offer our thanksgiving, our praise, our adoration,

and this prayer,

in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Doors and Gateways

Church of St John the Baptist - Gozo by Paul Collings

Acts 3:1-10 “One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!”
  So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognisedU him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”

In the Middle Ages, a young novice was shown around the Vatican Treasury by the Vatican Treasures. Showing the many riches acquired by the church over the years, the treasurer said to the young man, “no longer need the church say, ‘silver and gold have I none!” To which the young novice added, “Ah, but can it still say in the name of Jesus Christ rise up and walk?”

All through history people ask the church to bankroll good causes, to dispense money; and the church responds. But as Peter reminds us here, our real treasure in the church is the living Christ. The knowledge and touch of Jesus, in the gospels and in us, is better than silver and gold; it has power to change our lives.

Holy Spirit of God, come fill me with love for those who are disadvantaged in our world and who need Your healing power. May we who are more able be always willing to understand their plight, and may we trust You whose power is to heal and to save. Work through us to bring liberation we pray, to Your praise and glory! AMEN

Community Groups Regularly Usiing the Church

Regrettably, due to the current restrictions, there are no community activities at the church premises.

Watch this space for news of when activities will restart.