Blog

What is faith? It’s a way of living with a belief that there is something larger than ourselves. Here we place blogs here from various folk within the community that is St Jude’s Church that relate faith to life. The topics are quite varied and get added to over time. Each writes on their own behalf and their thoughts are their own and we hope they’re helpful…

St Jude’s Autumn and Winter Season 2019/20

During a fascinating summer, as we experimented with Sunday morning Brunch Services and had a great time, we've also been planning Autumn and Winter. What is great when you get to see a whole chunk of a diary in one go, it can give you a sense of what...

Gardens, Dining Rooms & Kitchens

FREE WATERMARKED PDF BOOK DOWNLOAD ON THE SMALL CHURCH STRATEGY BEING OUTLINED IN ITS USE IN THIS BLOG AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS WEBPAGE ALONG WITH LINKS TO THE BOOK AND KINDLE VERSIONS (Blog updated July 2019) Our most recent actual use of the missional...

Jesus – who is he?

The day after he died, Jesus was just a man in a small backwater of a country at the far end of the Mediterranean in the mighty Roman Empire, and yet he changed the world forever. His influence far extends beyond anyone else throughout global...

Hospitality at the heart of the Christmas story

Image: "Hospitality Refused" by Jan Massys Hospitality sits at the heart of the Christmas story. But that's not a regular view in the varied school nativity plays we get to see so often - especially the Innkeeper! Sadly those 'plays' have lost a lot of the...

Psychology and Hardened Hearts

If you would like to watch the full video of the reading, sketch and talk that created this blog, (it was live streamed on our Church's Facebook page, as we do with all our Sunday evening talks) you can find it here If you would rather listen to it, you...

Padlocks and Promises

I’ve been fascinated by the image of a padlock being used by lots of couples over recent years to illustrate their love for each other - though in some romantic locations, such as the Pont Des Artes in Paris, the authorities had to remove them, together...

Which part of ‘the body’ are you?

(This blog updated 4 September 2018) 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we...

Hark! The herald angels sing

Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled" Joyful, all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies With the angelic host proclaim: "Christ is born in Bethlehem" Hark! The herald...

Liberty Means Responsibility

This quote from George Bernard Shaw caught my attention: and I was surprised how much it seemed to mean once I started unpacking it… In the Old Testament part of the Bible, we see the story of the people of Israel being drawn into slavery in Egypt. For around 400...

Why Does God Allow Suffering

THIS POST WAS EDITED 4 JUNE 2017 TO INCLUDE REFERENCE TO TERRORIST ACTIONS IN THE UK IN WESTMINSTER, MANCHESTER AND LONDON FOLLOWING SIGHT OF A TWEET THAT ASKED – “IF GOD IS ALL POWERFUL, WHY IS HE ALLOWING ALL THESE THINGS TO HAPPEN?” THE ANSWER BELOW IS...