Dear Friends

Happy Sixth Sunday of Easter!

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

In this incredible passage (John 15:9-17), Jesus speaks of sacrificial love as the kind of love Christians should aspire to, particularly if we are striving for a Church of Justice. Revd Barbara Sheppard in her sermon at All Saints’ Church this morning offered us a range of meanings on the word ‘love’. Interestingly, the dictionary definitions are limited and do not seem to capture the fullness, depth and richness of the radical and sacrificial love Jesus speaks about. You know, the “laying down your life for your friend” kind of love. The Christian theologian and commentator, Tom Wright, reflects that such “love makes the lover and the beloved more truly human.” Following Jesus is a personal relationship that can only flourish and inspire others in the context of this God-centred love.

Who will you lay down your life for this week?

Many thanks to all who contributed at our worship event on zoom: Mark, David and Jaynie (readers); Judy (prayers) and Malcolm (music). Thank you to everyone who came along to this afternoon’s worship event. It’s such a blessing to come together as a worshipping community.

We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!

Revd Cathy


Living in Love and Faith:
May I commend the conference to you… (I attended the first one and it was excellent!) Book your tickets here.

Placement Student:
We look forward to welcoming Sebrina Miller and her family from Trinity College on placement for three weeks in the benefice (6th-20th June).  Please uphold Sebrina and her family in prayers, that it will be a positive and blessed placement at All Saints and St Barnabas.

Might be of interest:

  • Looking East in Winter with Rowan Williams
  • Blood and Water with Catherine Okoronkwo
  • Draycast Podcast — a conversation between Revd Mark Siddall and Revd Dr Catherine Okoronkwo





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