Russell’s Newsletter – September 2016

September 2016 Dear Friends, It is a time of significant change for the Furley-Smiths with Cameron, our eldest son, going off to university.  It doesn’t seem possible that he has already reached this milestone in his life.  Time really does ‘fly by’. It is also true to say that life is constantly changing for all […]

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Russell’s Newsletter – June 2016

Dear Friends,  This month, on the weekend of 10th-12th June, the country and Commonwealth celebrate the Queen’s Official 90th birthday.  However one views the constitutional monarchy that she represents and although our own denomination proudly states that “we believe Christ gives his Church a government distinct from the state” and that the Church “must serve […]

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Russell’s Newsletter – October 2015

Dear Friends, At a meeting of our Synod Area (URCs across South London) Rev’d Jennifer Millington, known to many of you from her time as assistant minister in Purley, reflected on the changes in attitude to and practice of ministry since she had been ordained in the mid 1980s.  She concluded the changes were significant […]

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Russell’s September 2015 Newsletter

ear Friends, It has been a fascinating summer of travelling for the Furley-Smiths, with at least 5 European countries visited (Greece, Albania, France, Belgium and Germany) and the opportunity to meet lots of interesting people, from even more countries.  Throughout the whole experience I remain amazed, particularly given my well-known inability to master any language […]

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Russell’s June 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends, This month the nation commemorates the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Effectively the first written constitution in European history, the Magna Carta is widely acknowledged as the foundation of British law, and is credited with influencing legal systems and frameworks across the globe: from the US Declaration of Independence to the Universal […]

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