Monthly Archives: August 2011

Fiji Government bans all Methodist meetings apart from Sunday worship

From the Methodist Church Media Service: Fiji: Government cracks down further – only Sunday worship allowed The Fijian government has banned all Methodist Church meetings except for Sunday worship in an unprecedented crackdown on religious freedom. This includes house groups, … Continue reading

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Hymn of the week: Captain of Israel’s host and guide

Sunday I preached at Camden Town Methodist Church and it happened to be my last service in pastoral charge of that congregation. It wasn’t really a goodbye because I will remain Superintendent Minister and I will still be preaching there … Continue reading

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Fiji crisis escalates

According to, the government’s ban on Methodist meetings goes far beyond prohibiting the Methodist Conference from meeting. All church business meetings, even at local level, have now been banned by the ruling Military Council, as stated in a letter … Continue reading

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Concern for the Methodist Church in Fiji

From the Methodist Church Media Service: Concerns for Fijian Methodists escalate There is growing concern for the religious freedom of Methodists in Fiji following news that the country’s Government has forced the Church to cancel its annual Conference. Methodists in … Continue reading

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Gillespie Park

The description ‘oasis in the city’ is a bit hackneyed but in this case perfectly true. I can’t believe it has taken me six years to visit this local nature reserve, just 20 minutes walk from my front door. Gillespie Park is … Continue reading

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Handwritten Bible goes electronic

The Handwritten Bible is the Methodist Church’s contribution to the ‘Year of the Bible’ – celebrating 400 years of the Authorised Version (“King James”) of the Bible. Chapters were divided between circuits who were also encouraged to find artistic ways of … Continue reading

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Family celebration at the West Lodge Park Hotel

Just enjoyed a great family weekend in celebration of my step-mother Sheila’s 60th birthday. The venue was the West Lodge Park Hotel,  just outside London in the Hertfordshire green belt. This is a very nice four star hotel, set in … Continue reading

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