Russell’s monthly newsletter – February 2018

February 2018 Dear Friends, It is a familiar story: a man, born in humble beginnings, knows he is destined for something greater. No, not the story of Jesus, but the story of 19th Century circus entrepreneur P. T. Barnum in the film The Greatest Showman. Bearing in mind this is Hollywood – and a musical […]

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Russell’s monthly newsletter – January 2018

January 2018 Dear Friends, So the decorations are dispatched to the loft for another 11 months and we journey into a new year wondering what joys and trials lie ahead. According to my horoscope 2018 will be…. It is easy to dismiss any such forecast as a piece of magical mumbo-jumbo – but given the […]

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Russell’s monthly newsletter – December 2017

December 2017 Dear Friends, My dictionary defines a paradox as something which appears to be absurd, but is actually true. Really gripping thrillers grab your attention by means of paradox. And the story of Christmas is full of it. The events in the ‘little town of Bethlehem’ seem quite disproportionate to such a world-shattering event […]

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Russell’s monthly newsletter – July 2017

July 2017 Dear Friends, Below is part of my address to this year’s AGM: I have been struggling in the last couple of weeks to know what to say this morning. It would be misleading to stand here and pretend all is well with the church and the world. It is clearly not. Recent terrorist […]

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Russell’s monthly newsletter – May 2017

May 2017 Dear Friends, Sitting in our favourite ‘watering-hole’ looking out at the Mediterranean Sea whilst on holiday in Spain after Easter, life seemed calm and stress free. Then Ross announced, having seen the news pop up on one his social media apps, that the Prime Minister was going to call a snap election and […]

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Partnership News – a message from Revd. Russell Furley-Smith

“Thanks to those who have sent messages and to all who have been remembering the people of London in prayer since the attack yesterday in Westminster. As you will know, 3 people were killed as well as the assailant. One was a British police officer. Another a British citizen with a Spanish mother and father […]

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Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – February 2017

Dear Friends,  According to Shakespeare ‘all the world’s a stage’.  It is a good thing, for some, that the stage is not that for a lavish, big budget musical.  Many of you will have heard of (or seen by now) La La Land – the modern day rom-com musical taking Hollywood by storm. Nominated for […]

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Russell’s New Year’s newsletter

                                                January 2017 Dear Friends, Nicola, Cameron and Ross join me in thanking you for all your good and kind wishes at Christmas and join me in sending you greetings for 2017.  They didn’t put up blue plaques in Biblical times. If they did, there would have been one in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, ‘King […]

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Russell’s December Newsletter

December 2016 Dear Friends, 2016 will be remembered as a year of incredible change. Some of us will look back with personal joy at specific events but others still confuse and bewilder us. In the face of uncertainty the Church can seem irrelevant or powerless. But let us never forget that we have a great […]

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Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – November 2016

November 2016 Dear Friends, The board game Monopoly was always a family favourite but equally incredibly frustrating.  Whilst it was always fun being the ‘top hat’ whizzing around the streets of London (or ending up in jail) it always brought out the worst in all of us. Not only did a game take absolutely hours, […]

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