Bromley, ministry, orthopaedic injury: The Grapevine talks to Richard Wyber

Why did you decide to enter the ministry? I felt called to ordained ministry, a sense of calling which developed unexpectedly in my second year on the Diocesan Course in Christian Studies, in 2000/01. Where did you grow up? Bromley, … Continue Reading

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‘Teaching and Preaching’: The Grapevine talks to Olive Thursby

Why did you decide to enter the ministry? I decided to enter the ministry because God has been calling me in different ways. I have been leading ministry continuously as an organist since I was 15 years old. I  wanted to develop my ministry in a … Continue Reading

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Bowie and bell-ringing: The Grapevine talks to Tom Britt

Why did you decide to enter the ministry? I grew up in a lively parish church, so church has always felt like a second home for me. I was an altar server, a bell ringer and a member of the parish … Continue Reading

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From Wargrave to Wanstead, via A&E: The Grapevine talks to Martyn Hawkes

From today, The Grapevine will be running a series of Q&As with prominent figures across the parish.  Some of them will be familiar faces, others have recently joined the community. Either way, we hope you’ll learn something about them that … Continue Reading

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My Lord and my God: Jesus’ claim to be God – Part 2

by Mark Herring In the first part, we looked at the ways in which Jesus emphatically claimed to be God both directly and indirectly. Yet a sceptic could easily respond by saying: “Just because Jesus said all that doesn’t make … Continue Reading

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My Lord and my God: Jesus’ claim to be God – Part 1

by Mark Herring It was during a discussion with a friend, a confident atheist, that I first heard someone claim that nowhere in the Bible did Jesus claim to be God. Muslims don’t believe that Jesus was the son of … Continue Reading

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Bee my Valentine? Beekeeping in the grounds of St Mary’s

You probably know that St Valentine is the patron saint of love, especially if you’re giving flowers or chocolates to a special someone today. But that’s not the whole story. Amongst his eclectic portfolio, he’s thought to be responsible for … Continue Reading

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Farewell to Father Jack

Sunday 10th January was Father Jack’s last day with us. Over the course of our 9am and 1030am services we sadly bid him a virtual adieu over our devices, and children from our 9am families/Wanstead Church School presented him with … Continue Reading

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Time to say goodbye – a message from Father Jack

Father Jack’s farewell message to the parish is attached. Much has been achieved over the past four years in the parish thanks to the efforts of our parishioners under the guidance and leadership of Father Jack – please do take … Continue Reading

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ISO keyboard evangelists

Love social media? Good with words (and WordPress)? Fancy getting more involved in parish life? Then we’d love to hear from you. We are seeking to build a volunteer communications team. Training can be given, and there’s lots of scope … Continue Reading

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