Are you struggling with stress or anxieties?

You’re welcome to join our monthly support group

6.30-8.00pm every 3rd Wednesday

Venue: Beverley Community Church
49a Saturday Market, Beverley, HU17 8AA

Contact Richard or Angie for more information on 07917 221896

Sensitivity

On my travels, I never cease to be amazed and frustrated at the sensitivity of the person scanner at Dubai International Airport. On the way to India, I was stripped down to my jeans, T-shirt, shoes and underwear but still managed to set off the sensor. On my way back, I thought I would pre-empt it and take my shoes off before passing through. Failed again! An alarm sounded, at which point I said to the security officer, ‘What more do you want me to take off?’ I am sure the day will come when I will be standing nearly naked in the middle of Dubai airport being frisked by a burly man determined to find something potentially dangerous on my person! How a pair of rubber soled shoes with leather uppers and no trace of metal can set off a sensor is beyond me. I am not alone in falling foul of these scanners as a trail of people are sent back through to discard further items before setting off the alarm once more. I wish they would get an engineer to turn down the sensitivity a little.

Sometimes, we can all be a little over-sensitive. Life’s circumstances and experiences can cause us to overreact when someone says something out of turn to us, or we can find ourselves being overly emotional at the slightest thing. I am far more likely to cry at a movie on a plane, especially if I have been away for a couple of weeks. Whilst such responses are a natural part of being human, each of us must be careful that our reactions are not destructive to those around us. If somebody does react in a way that we find difficult, it is also important for each one of us to give grace to one another and not let it destroy our unity.

God Bless,

Richard

He Restores My Soul

Sometimes, in the midst of all I am doing, I can become weary. This tiredness is not through lack of sleep particularly, but through lack of space. Whilst I try to build downtime into my routine, at times unavoidable things encroach on that space and that does not always leave sufficient recovery time. I do try to guard my Friday (day off), and generally succeed, but unfortunately, the rest of the world does not work on a Sunday to Thursday basis and things crop up that have to be done on a Friday. I am sure we all have such challenges in the busyness of modern life.

At such times of tiredness, two scriptures stand out for me. The first is Psalm 23, where we see the shepherd caring for his sheep: ‘he restores my soul’. Sometimes we need to have our soul restored in order to function and that can happen as we take time to wait upon the Lord. The second scripture is Matthew 11:28: ‘Come unto me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest’. This is a promise of God that, once more, the rest of God that restores our wellbeing is with Jesus.

If you are tired, weary or burdened, come to the Lord; wait upon him; rest in Him, and see if he will not restore your soul.

God bless,
Richard

Hope for a Broken World

 As I sit here trying to compose my sermon for this coming Sunday, thoughts of the world around me flood my mind. The unity across denominations that I witnessed at Swanwick this week, despite differences, stands in stark contrast to the posturing and disunity that we see in the world around us, especially in the Brexit negotiations. Added to this is the news of storm disasters around the world, the near starvation of 5 million children in Yemen caused by another needless war, the infighting of the government and the anti -semitism of the opposition… the list could go on. This all signals the fact that we live in a broken world. Politicians do not have the answers – most of them seem motivated by self-interest. There is only one answer to the brokenness of this world and that is Jesus. He is the one who was broken on behalf of the world to bring healing to the nations. 

One day he will return and fix this world but in the meantime, he commissions us to be agents of his wholeness and salvation. We may not be able to fix the world but we can, through Jesus, administer to others the healing that Jesus has given to us. 

God bless, Richard 

Sunday Afternoon Walks

Sunday afternoon walks, the 3rd Sunday each month.

We will find somewhere for refreshments after each walk.
Rainy day plan – pub instead and maybe a walk on Westwood.
Please speak to Angie for more details and to let her know that you’re going on the walk.

2019

January – Danes Dyke (or Dane’s Dyke…) to blow the cobwebs away

February – Burton Agnes snowdrop walk and cafe

March – Bempton Cliffs

April – Brantingham Woods

May – Burnby Hall and cafe

June – Pocklington canal. Altsidora pub on way home

July – Burton Constable Gardens

August – Millington, includes the wood. 6 miles. Ramblers rest pub

September – Fraisthorpe, walk to Bridlington and get coffee, walk back and get ice cream