Monday, 23 November 2020
Saturday, 21 November 2020
We've been out this week filming for our online Community Carol Service. Pictured above is Bermondsey MP, Neil Coyle, reading our first reading from Isaiah, and below is Karen Willis, Headteacher of St James's School reading from Luke's Gospel.
Also featured on the video are Simon Dyer of FA Albins, Councillor Eliza Mann, and Russell Dryden of the Blue. The video can be seen on our YouTube channel from 12th December.
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Sunday, 8 November 2020
Saturday, 7 November 2020
Sunday, 1 November 2020
The Evening Standard wrote that Bermondsey was “the most optimistic place in London. Because of the flowers…”. It became a place where window boxes and front gardens were filled with daisies and chrysanthemums, and factory girls wore flowers pinned to their coats. ‘Flowers in Bermondsey are not a decoration but a symbol.”
Saturday, 24 October 2020
So many churches are,
Some with apsidal chancels,
And schools by E.R. Robson
In the style of Norman Shaw
Where blue-serged adolescence learn'd
To model and to draw.
Oh, in among the houses,
The viaduct below,
Stood the Coffee Essence Factory
Of Robinson and Co.
Burnt and brown and tumbled down
And done with years ago
Where the waters of the Wandle do
From dust of dead explosions
From scarlet-hearted fires,
All unconcerned this train draws in
And smoothly that retires
And calmly rise on smoky skies
Of intersected wires
The Nonconformist spirelets
And the Church of England spires.
|E.R. Robson 1836-1917|
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Thursday, 15 October 2020
Today we continued to film for our Bermondsey Community Remembrance Service, with a call to the UK Homes for Heroes day centre in Rotherhithe, to hear from Pearly King and Queen, Jimmy and Michelle, about their charity's amazing work among homeless ex-servicemen.
Their love and commitment to the people they call their boys is truly amazing and heartwarming. Find out more when the video comes out over the weekend of 7th/8th November or pop over to their website.
Another aspect of the care for military families, this time in the case of bereavement, was the theme of our visit ealier in the week to interview Jon Dyer at FA Albins about their repatriation work for the Ministry of Defence, when members of the British Armed Forces die overseas.
This work which involves great care, tact and compassion will also feature in our Remembrance video special.
Saturday, 10 October 2020
A real Bermondsey hero has today been awarded a knighthood by the Queen.
Here is the young Tommy Steele signing autographs outside his house in the shadow of St James Church. The houses are long gone but the block of flats in Frean Street that replaces them, Hicks House, bears Tommy's (real) family name.
Congratulations, Sir Tommy, from everyone in Bermondsey.
Thursday, 1 October 2020
Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Saturday, 26 September 2020
Thursday, 24 September 2020
On Wednesday just at the time that children were leaving school at Alexis St there was a very serious incident just by the school which involved a young man being shot
We're very proud of St James's School and the teachers who moved quickly to herd children and parents back into school following the shooting and a car driving at speed down a narrow residential road.
Yesterday we visited every class to pray with the children and then, at playtime individual children had the opportunity to come and talk with us about their fears and concerns - quite a number did so and we talked with them and prayed with them individually and in groups.
All had seen the ambulances, police cars, the helicopter, the armed response police, many had seen the injured man, and they had all heard the gunshots.
It was good to reassure them they were safe in school. It was good to pray for all involved.
Here is Jacob's Bermondsey Daily Message where he shares what he told the children and what God's word says to us in troubling times
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Friday, 18 September 2020
forgot to be modest - that was all - and thought that everything was still possible for them; which presupposed that pestilences were impossible.
Thursday, 17 September 2020
From Russell's fish stall at the Blue, to Maltby Greek under the arches, to Nancy's flower shop in Jamaica Rd, to all the things we buy and enjoy from the local supermarkets, like the Co-Op in Thurland Rd, all the benefits of God's wonderful harvest will be celebrated in our online harvest festival.
Harvest is also a time, not just for giving thanks, but also for sharing and this year, as every year, we will be collecting non-perishable foods for the work of the Manna Society at London Bridge in its work among homeless people - so our last visit was to Manna to speak to the director, Bandi Mbubi.
I first got to know Bandi in 1991 when, soon after he became a Christian, he joined the congregation at St Luke's, West Norwood, where I was the curate. It was excellent to see him again and wonderful to think of all the good work that Manna does and how our harvest gifts can make such a difference to so many people.
We've still got some filming to do down at the allotments, but it looks like our Bermondsey Community Harvest Festival is going to be a great event - look out for it here, on Facebook, and on YouTube during the first weekend of October.
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Saturday, 12 September 2020
Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Covid regulations mean that assemblies have to take place in 'class bubbles' and, for the time being, whole school or even half school assemblies are a thing of the past.
So our weekly church assemblies are going online and here is the first one from Jacob - in their classes the children will have the opening words of worship we use for every assembly, will say the Lord's Prayer and will sing God's praose - but here is the talk with the Bible message for today:
Monday, 7 September 2020
Sunday, 6 September 2020
Graham's book is full of insight and interest, not least the focus it gives to the crucial London dimension of the Mayflower story, and its brilliant explanation of who the pilgrims were, what motivated them, and what they bequeathed to us in terms of the freedom of religion and the right for individuals to live according to their conscience.
It's an excellent read, full of fascinating detail. I particular enjoyed reading the names the pilgrims gave to their children: eg Humility, Resolved, Desire, Wrestling, Love (a boy), and the baby that was born on the voyage, Oceanus.
It's been twenty four Sundays since we have been together, and it was good to be back at St James and St Anne's, even if the Covid regulations made the seating arrangements and the content of the service somewhat different from usual.
Recognising not everyone would be able or comfortable to attend live worship, our online services continued as usual, and here is today's service:
Tuesday, 1 September 2020
Friday, 28 August 2020
The accompanying plaque (belows) records that as Tyndale died, he prayed 'Lord, open the king of England's eyes' and that within a year of his death, a copy of the Bible was placed in every parish church of the land by Royal command.