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Recipe for good hospitality (in a time of separation)

By Greer Jones Ingredients Willingness – to step out of your comfort zone Being host & guest – not always serving can be hospitable Openness – to our homes, our hearts, and our minds Time – allow others into our daily life even if that is through text or video chat Method   Have Food! We may not be able

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Am I living out God’s purpose for my life?

By Charis Fergusson Covid-19 has up-ended a lot of our plans. More so for some than others. Whilst many have remained in largely familiar routines during the pandemic, some have experienced loss of employment, furlough, uncertainty, or have perhaps decided to do something different with their lives. I planned to begin a training contract to become a solicitor in August,

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The art of hospitality in conversation

By Miriam Westfall Lydia Hiorns is a local artist in the North East of England. She works with a gallery called Shield Field ArtWorks in Newcastle and has intentionally practiced and researched hospitality over the last few years. Miriam, from Agapé UK, asked Lydia a few questions. M: So Lydia, how would you define hospitality?   Lydia: I guess most people think it’s either inviting someone round to your house for

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What motivates your living for Jesus?

By Larry Platner I wonder if you are like me when it comes to motivating yourself to follow Jesus? There was a time when I motivated myself with a list of what I believed I needed to do. It consisted of commands to obey, attitudes to change, disciplines to maintain, sins to overcome and on it went. Not only did

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Hospitality to those on the margins

By Jonny Potts We all want to belong. To feel included. To have a sense of community in our lives. But many people in our society, even in our churches, feel marginalised, lonely and forgotten. And you might be one of them. As we read the Bible, we see that in God’s Kingdom, people are not left on the side-lines.

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Becoming strangers

By Jack Barraclough I remember visiting a small church of less than twenty people. The welcome was warm and friendly and I was given a seat in the front row. I didn’t feel like a stranger until ‘Testimony Time’, where all the members of the church were expected to shout ‘Testimony Time’ in unison. Personally, I like to think of

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