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Rainbows 150 150 Hope City Church

Rainbows

Rainbows have became a significant symbol this year across the globe. Since the first lockdown started in March, you may have noticed images of rainbows appearing on windows, mainly to cheer up passersby and also as a sign of thank you, solidarity and a symbol of hope. My daughter Rebekah decided to put one up…

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Be the baby Jesus, not a snowman 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Be the baby Jesus, not a snowman

When I was four-years-old, my class made Christmas decorations from clay. Every person made a snowman. I made baby Jesus. He still hangs on our tree. I reckon it was from the age of 11 that I started to notice the differences between myself and others. I was more outspoken, opinionated and “particular”. My interests…

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Drop the mask 2560 1756 Hope City Church

Drop the mask

Whilst getting ready, my grandson, who’s 4 was chatting to me and as I prepared items to put into my bag for the day ahead he commented, ‘That’s a nice mask, Grammy. Can I see all your masks?’ (I have about 5 – so it didn’t take all that long to look at them!) It…

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The year of… 2560 1707 Hope City Church

The year of…

If I were to let you fill in the blank…2020 the year of__________? I think I could guess some of the most popular responses. 2020…’the year of the lockdown’…’the year of Covid’…’the year of restriction’… But, I’m going to say something a little bit controversial here… I actually don’t hate 2020! In fact, I’d go…

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Please wait 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Please wait

My husband and I have recently bought our first home together. For a long time we had longed for a house that belonged to both of us. But the road to getting our new home was far from smooth. For years we hit barriers and delays. As frustrating as that was, with hindsight we can…

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Dealing with Disappointments 1707 2560 Hope City Church

Dealing with Disappointments

I think it’s fair to say that life can throw some curve balls at us. It’s great to have hopes and dreams but when they don’t come to fruition, it can lead us to feeling low and frustrated. Having been involved in Christian prayer ministry, working professionally in settings which have involved helping and supporting…

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Enjoy the Journey 2560 1708 Hope City Church

Enjoy the Journey

At the beginning of September on Tynemouth beach, I became a fiancée! Engagement is undoubtedly one of the most exciting chapters; a time filled with anticipation and preparation. And of course, lots of planning! Amidst all the excitement though, part of me has been disheartened and worried about the prospect of putting so much time…

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Unplugged 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Unplugged

I have decided I’m going to make it my aim to have everything cordless in my home! I have recently just bought a cordless hoover and it has transformed my life (well that may be exaggerating a little, but it has made it a whole lot easier). I used to hate hoovering because it was such…

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Quiet 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Quiet

Lately every time my phone “pings” with a new message or alert on breaking news my heart skips a beat. With all that is going on, I’ve found myself gradually getting sucked in to the stories and updates to a point where it feels like I’m going dizzy and all I want to do is…

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Out of the box 2560 1741 Hope City Church

Out of the box

I am a BIG fan of personality tests. There’s something about completing the questions to then be presented with an (almost) perfect description of who you are and the way you tick, that just makes you feel understood. On the Myers-Briggs, I’m an ENFJ (The Protagonist) and on the Enneagram, I’m a Type 3 (The…

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Forget about it 2560 1920 Hope City Church

Forget about it

I recently watched a TV series where a group of people were given the chance to travel back in time and re-live a year of their lives. As many of the characters had various regrets and wishes, most of them decided to take what seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance of a…

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A healthy heart 2560 1611 Hope City Church

A healthy heart

Recently I read that a healthy heart leads to a healthy body. This resonates with me especially with the recent health events in my family. What I mean is not just a well pumping heart that delivers blood to the rest of the organs in your body so they can function but the condition of…

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Come to Jesus 2560 1922 Hope City Church

Come to Jesus

As a real introvert, I enjoy being by myself and so at the beginning of lockdown I wasn’t too worried about spending most of my time alone. But over the last few months I have really missed spending time with other people and have been so looking forward to doing different things when the guidelines…

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Feed the birds 2560 1898 Hope City Church

Feed the birds

Apologies to any ornithologists out there but birds are not my favourite creatures. Look at ravens for example, usually either found in horror films, accompanying ‘Disney villains’ or pecking at something disgusting on the road. Even their collective name, ‘an unkindness of ravens’ doesn’t put them in top spot of the animal kingdom! However recently…

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How does your garden grow? 2560 1696 Hope City Church

How does your garden grow?

I love a good celebration! We recently just celebrated our 9 year ‘moving house’ anniversary…not sure there is such a thing but it feels like something worth celebrating to me. 9 years ago my husband and I took on a project to renovate and rebuild a new home, a home that we saw our future…

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Take the next left 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Take the next left

“The Lord says, “I will teach you the way you should go; I will instruct you and advise you.” Psalm 32:8 “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 Until recently, my weekdays were eclipsed…

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