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 17th Sunday after Trinity
(you can listen to this reflection as part of the Service of the Word for 16th Sunday after Trinity found on the Audio page of this site) 

Reflection

Well, I don't know about you but when I looked at the gospel reading for this week, I cannot say it filled me with joy and delight, in fact it left me feeling extremely glum, it certainly is not at first thought a very cheerful reading.  It was only when I spent sometime, pondering it with others that I began to see the Good News shining within the darkness of the passage.

I found it really helped to place this extract from Mark’s Gospel within the larger narrative of Mark’s retelling of the story of Jesus. 
Jesus and his disciples have been travelling in and around Galilee. 
They have been very busy healing and driving out demons, teaching and preaching and now they are in Capernaum. 
The disciples have been arguing with each other about who is the greatest among them and Jesus has somehow realised what they have been discussing and has taken a small child and placed it among them and told them they are to welcome one such as this. 

John clearly is a bit taken aback and so tries to take the conversation in a different direction. 
He clearly feels that only true followers of Jesus, like them,  ‘official disciples’, should be driving out demons, not others, ‘unofficial disciples’ who have not been with them,  and have had clearly therefore had inferior training. 
Jesus gently rebukes him, and says that those who are not against us are for us.  Basically, leave them alone, they are doing good works, let them be. 
He goes on to try and explain that what is far more important is that his followers, whoever they are, do not to put stumbling blocks in the way of anyone.  
Anything that stops anyone experiencing the Kingdom of God, is a stumbling block and as such the disciples and therefore us need to make sure we are not creating them and Jesus clearly and graphically reminds them and us that actions will have consequences.  Our actions have consequences not to those who stumble so much as to us.  Those who make the stumbling blocks will be judged.  It is a salient reminder for all of us.

The final bit about us being salt feels rather cryptic, being salted with fire? 
Well this is a bit about the refires fire, which drives out all impurities and a bit about salt that preserves.  
We need to make sure that the impurities of this world do not corrupt us. Being salted is about being preserved from the dangers of the world, which will corrupt. 
It is about being alert to them, for they are all around us, and too easily we can become corrupted by the world and are then in danger of being stumbling blocks for others.

So all in all the passage is a good news message, and a reminder that we need to be that Good News for others.  
That in and through faith in Jesus we become members of the Kingdom of God,. 
That by following in his ways of care and compassion for the least, the little, the lost and the low, we become the salt of the earth, keeping ourselves untainted by the world.  
It is a challenge and at times we will fail, but we have a God who is faithful even if we are not, and forgiving even when we are not.  Now it that is not Good News, well I don’t know what it. 

So my prayer for all of us is we will find ways of being salt for the world, now and always. 
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.