Service times at All Souls: 10am and 4.30pm. Our services bring together children and adults of all ages for a relaxed and informal time, characterised by a friendly welcome, contemporary music, lively children’s groups, opportunity for personal prayer and a relevant bible-based talk. You don’t have to fit a particular mold to come along – whether you’re coming with children or on your own, as someone living locally or visiting the area, looking to join or to visit just once, you will find a friendly welcome. Our groups for children are imaginatively led, fun and safe environments for the young to explore faith.
We have daytime and evening small groups, run exploratory courses for those wanting to find out more about the Christian faith, maintain a lively website and host a parent and toddlers’ group (Little Souls). The church is led by Richard Frank , Vicar of All Souls, together with a range of teams that oversee the various aspects of the church’s life and work.
[Parables - the power of story telling]: Grace in a vineyard
Jon draw us into a tale about a vineyard and ponders how we apply it to ourselves today. Did we choose where we born, when we were born, to whom we were born, with what we born? Clearly not yet so much of what we accomplish is dependent on what we have been gifted with. Jon challenges us to grasp the grace we have been given, show gratitude for it and, in turn, give!
[Parables - the power of story telling]: Seeing the extraordinary through the ordinary
Rachel "rings the doorbell" with prayer - unlayering the complexity by explaining how Jesus spoke about God as neighbour and father. She uses the modern parallel of egg-sharing during lockdown to highlight the "shameless audacity" in the bible story of waking a neighbour to help a friend. She then goes on to clarify that God is the never-sleeping, eager father cherishing his child not just a reluctant neighbour to be disturbed through prayer. This is how we are to approach God - knowing that he wants us to be present, not just petition, and to listen, not just ask, and to act for others, not just be filled ourselves.
[Parables - the power of story telling]: An unlikely hero
Linz starts with a gutfelt reaction to the familiar good Samaritan tale - what would you do if you saw somebody battered and bleeding on the road? She references our hero's pro-activity, pity and generosity - with his time, his resources and his attention. He is an example of selflessness Jesus exhorts us to follow - attending to spiritual needs as well as physical.
[Parables - the power of story telling]: A mere mustard seed
Charles talks about how spectacular growth can suddenly emerge from seeming insignificance. The kingdom is God's kingdom and it grows without needing our attention - though we might feel less able to contribute during lockdown God's kingdom is growing anyway. Captain Tom's remarkable story is an example of how simply doing what we can can balloon into blessing - we are encouraged to keep eyes open for whatever opportunities arise.
[Parables - the power of story telling]: What is God stirring in your imagination?
Rachel prepares us for new things ahead. She separates imagination from fact and points out that faith leads to fact but is often based on fiction - what we believe not just what we know. She talks about the parable of the 99 sheep and how the shepherd rejoiced over the 1 lost sheep - a cause for celebration. "If reason changes our minds imagination changes our hearts" and such parallels help us appreciate how much we each are valued.
[Nehemiah - called to rebuild]: the trouble with rubble
Maf starts with Lego and a cheeky grandson to introduce the topic of obstacles - for Nehemiah, this ranged from threats and scorn to the need to clear the ground - down before up. For us too, Maf talks about our rubble - the risks of nostalgia clouding our vision, traditions blinkering our openness to options and consumerism clogging our attention - and invites us to clean our ears, expect to be challenged and look forward to the new things God wants to do.