Welcome

Welcome to the Atlantic Coast Cluster web site 

We are living in strange times, and we are permitted to open our churches for private prayer and worship.
The Churchwardens are working hard to ensure that the churches will be safe places for people to visit.

Currently there are no Sunday Services being held in the cluster, one line services are aviable, via zoom or on the audio page of this site.   

If you wish to obtain the zoom link for Sunday worship please email atlanticcoastcluster@btinternet.com  

if you know of someone who has not got internet access then the daily service can be
accessed by phoning 01872 308750 it is charged as local call,
the service will start after a moments pause, please share this with those you know who may like this.  

I will contine to post things that I have found helpful below as well as the Sunday Reflection

above is a photo the blessing which is in my hall, the celtic blessing,
produced by the wonderful calligraphy artist, Tess Cooling

Useful links

From the Times - Ways to Improve your Mood

A 3 minute meditation 
Singing out loud or joining a virtual choir
A kitchen disco - 35 minutes of dancing
Drawing for 45 minutes
Take a hot bath - May be more beneficial than exercise for people with depression
Gardening - 20 minutes of gardening can reduce stress and boost cognitive function
Deep sleep  - 7 hours at least 3 times a week
A 20 second hug - if you’re lucky enough to live with someone or some creature that can provide it.
One to one phone calls. (Happier people have more meaningful conversations with much less small talk)

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Reflection for Sundays after Trinity
(you can listen to this reflection as part of the Service of the Word for 1st Sunday after Trinity found on the Audio page of this site) 

Reflection

Having spent some weeks with the Gospel of John, now as we come to Sundays in Trinity, we return to the Gospel from Mark.  That short, direct and often more straightforward retelling of the life of Jesus. However, I do not think the reading we have before us, is that straightforward at all at least on first hearing.

So, as usual a little bit of context.  Mark recalls that, since his Baptism by John, Jesus had been busy. Really busy. Really, really busy.  He was whisked off into the desert to be tempted by Satan and was tended by angels. He has called first his disciples.  He has travelled around driving out evil spirits and healing, and has fallen out with the traditionalists, who see him not fasting and ‘doing work’ on the Sabbath and finally He has appointed 12 of this closest followers to be his aides.

Mark paints a frantic picture of Jesus meeting and greeting, healing and teaching, and then recalls that his family get worried about him.  Jesus is becoming a force to be reckoned with and his family are concerned.  They worry he is not taking care of himself and even that he is losing the ability to reason. 

It is into this scene that the authorities from the temple arrive.  The scribes, also think Jesus has a problem.  They believe he is processed by Satan himself.  However, Jesus uses a clear and concise argument to put them right.  If I am processed by Satan, then Satan is fighting himself and is destroyed, this is not what is happening! What is happening is that some one stronger than Satan, is overpowering Satan, and that is me, because I have come from God and by the spirit of God, the power of God, I am doing this.  

This is a massively important and controversial statement.  Just imagine how those scribes would have received this, highly provocative and in their view blasphemous statement, but Jesus does not leave it there.  He then goes on to say that calling into doubt his actions and this challenge to his authority is a challenge to the spirit of God, the power of God, and that this is an eternal sin.  They are the ones who are being blasphemous, not Jesus.  This is the new order of things, ‘God is doing a new thing, behold do you not perceive it!’, to use the words of the prophet Isaiah.  

After this revelation, Mark returns to speak of the arrival of Jesus’ family, who are concerned for him and Jesus’ response to them.  It may feel hard that he rejects them, but it is part of this new thing, the new order that Jesus is establishing, in the spirit and power of God.  In the context of Israel where what tribe and family you belonged to was really important, Jesus is pointing to the new order, the new way.  It does not matter what tribe or family you are from, what is important is following God.  It is all about doing God’s will, being full of God’s spirit and power.  This is what  unites people into families and makes them brothers, and sisters and parents, not what family you are born into.

Todays, readings are about doing God’s will, about listening and then getting on with it.  The truth is sometimes we will get it wrong, but we need to make sure we are focusing on what God wants us to do for his world.  The world that we are called to be part of and work for, the family of God but always with the idea that we are doing it for God, not for us. 

We are called, like those first apostles to preach, teach and live the good news,
The good news that God loves and cares for each of us. 

We are all called into the family of Christ, to follow Christs teaching and to do as Christ calls us to do.  We will sometimes get it wrong, that does not mean we stop trying.  The only people who never get it wrong are those that never try and if we don’t try we are turning our backs on the call of Jesus to be part of his family who loves and cares for all.

So, my prayer for all of us, is that as part of the family of Christ, we will learn to live and love and care for all of Gods Creation.   Amen

 

 

St Cubertus by Sue Parkington
Written about her favourite church.   
Photo taken from happier times when the church was open

“Tis closed”, the old man said,

“Locked and cold within”, 

‘Why’s that?’I asked

‘I can’t make sense of thee’.

“Tis the virus; and the Bishops,

So they say, 

They’m scared we might get sick.

 I’m only ninety three”

‘Let’s chat outside a while’ I said,

Though raining heavily. 

“No good”, he said, then added,

“Just come along with me,

‘Tis cosy in the south porch,

And sheltered from the breeze”.

And so we shared our crib there, 

Saffron bun and mug of tea.

Keeping social distancing!

A friend and company.

 

 

Precious Life   (An Acrostic for Easter Time 2020) by Liz Cleves 

Perhaps we are listening, and

Remembering what is dear to us

Each of us recollecting Spring times, and the promise of nature bringing its gifts

Conscious too that the beautiful Earth is suffering from our ‘overload’.

In the morning I listen to the robin and the wren guarding my garden, and

Out early I see the mighty sun lift over the horizon

Unfettered and free in it’s course.

Softly I give thanks for all in my care and all that I receive.

 

Let me give thanks

In every way let me treasure my life and all that is dear to me

Fearing only fear itself and

Enjoying all while I may.