Thursday, 14 January 2021

Monday, 11 January 2021

Remembering Peter

Today I heard that my beloved friend and training vicar, Peter Ronayne, has died at his home in Lymington. 

He touched so many lives with his warmth, his love for people, those outrageous comments made in his famous stage whisper at numerous meetings, his sheer love of the Lord and zest for the Gospel, his unruly dogs, his sense of humour, the church's he built and encouraged. 
It can truly be said of him that he 'fought the good fight', he 'finished the race', and he ' kept the faith.'
As for me, this afternoon I am humming to myself his favourite hymn - which was also his testimony:
Lord, I was blind; I could not see
In Thy marred visage any grace,
But now the beauty of Thy face
In radiant vision dawns on me.
Lord, I was deaf; I could not hear
The thrilling music of Thy voice;
But now I hear Thee and rejoice,
And all Thine uttered words are dear!
Lord, I was dumb; I could not speak
The grace and glory of Thy name;
But now, as touched with living flame,
My lips Thine eager praises wake.
Lord, I was dead; I could not stir
My lifeless soul to come to Thee;
But now, since Thou hast quickened me,
I rise from sin's dark sepulchre
For Thou hast made the blind to see,
The deaf to hear, the dumb to speak,
The dead to live; and, lo, I break
The chains of my captivity.

Bermondsey Daily Message 201

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Today's service

 We have decided to heed the call of the Mayor of London and the London Borough of Southwark to close our churches for public worship for the time being for the sake of public health. In the meantime, please join us today for our online service:


Friday, 8 January 2021

Bermondsey Daily Message 200

This our 200th edition of Bermondsey Daily Message. 

In Epiphany week, a further chance to think about the wise men who came to pay homage to Jesus: 

Thursday, 7 January 2021

When the Mayflower sailed down the Thames

It was a special moment in September when we set sail from the Tower of London for the Bermondsey and Rotherhithe community celebration of the sailing of the Mayflower from Rotherhithe in 1620.

It was a great night, memorably commemorated in this video just produced.

The Mayflower Community Boat Trip from Sands Films Studio on Vimeo.

 And here is our own Bermondsey Daily Message about the sailing of the Mayflower:


Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Bermondsey Daily Message 199

The wise men, the 'foreigners', who came to pay homage to Jesus, were a kind of foretaste and promise, of the people from 'every nation, tribe, people and language' (Rev 7.9), who would also come to worship him:

Monday, 4 January 2021

Community Outreach Videos


During these strange Covid times, in addition to our weekly online services for our church community, it has been good to mark the seasons with three special videos, designed to reach out to the wider community.

Three videos, filmed on location around the area, featuring local people, have been designed to bring a Christian message appropriate to the season (harvest, remembrance or Christmas). 
We have promoted the videos via social media, and a growing number of people have been viewing them, with our latest video, the Bermondsey Community Carol service being the most popular of the three, with over a thousand views to date.
If you haven't seen them yet, you can view them on our Youtube page

Friday, 1 January 2021


How good is the God we adore!
Our faithful, unchangeable friend:
his love is as great as his power
and knows neither knows measure nor end.

For Christ is the first and the last;
his Spirit will guide us safe home;
we'll praise him for all that is past
and trust him for all that's to come.