Do you ever think about all the effort that you put into praying and worshipping?
Is God listening?
It’s hard when you think you are waiting for a breakthrough in your life and the ground seems hard, no fruit is materialising.
Your heart aches and you wonder what have I done? and why is nothing happening?
Self doubt starts to fester, then you go on a long journey of dreams and wishful willingness.
In a far romantic place your heart's desires lay: at times it feels like this is the only place we’ll fulfil of our dreams.
Then hearing a sound in your surroundings brings you back to your awareness.
The harvest of spirituality is necessary for growth in God's confidence and our self worth.
There comes a time when there is stagnancy and you try to shift it, with positive thinking and action, to acquire what needs to be done. Yet still you feel like nothing has changed and it all stays the same. The intensity of our needs and frustrations, and the thought of failure, keep us paralysed with fear, afraid that our dreams will never happen.But it is important to remember that during these times of waiting, the blessing of God's grace is STILL falling on us all.
In the stillness, the rhythm of our heartbeat propels us to hold on, have confidence and believe all will be well.
No matter how blindsided or muddled we become, our intuition wills you to hold on.
Sometimes a cup of tea with a friend lifts you, giving clarification of what you already know and makes you know you're on the right path.
We must always remember we are farmers and sometimes the ground is so hard to toil. The harvest can be tiresome and back-breaking to bring in. But, eventually the reaping will be worth it. So let us never give up.
On January 25th, 2018, the St. Anselm's Radio Youth Club went on a remarkable trip to the BBC in Marylebone to see the Radio 1 and 1xtra studios. We have been preparing every week on a Thursday, creating a radio podcast called Kennington Radio Group (KRG), with the help of Luke the Youth and Children’s Minister and Williams from Radio King (a Change-Up Business associate).
Firstly, we were escorted by a chaperone- named Tanisha - and she took us to a range of exciting places (via glass elevators which had different radio stations playing as we went) such as, going inside the BBC radio 1 booths, the producing rooms and official departments. The booths had alternations for the different radio stations - the lights of the rooms would change, you could connect different recording booths to each other, and even the tables could move up and down automatically depending on your preference to stand or sit during recordings and this was all very intriguing. We also went into a producing room and we met an inspiring and very talented producer named Patrick, who shared the latest BBC 1xtra audio adverts with us. It was astonishing! Then, we went to a staging and recording room, where we took pictures. Many famous celebs go into that room for recordings and interviews, so it was a such a privilege to tour the room. During the tour, we bumped into Greg James and the UK rapper Mist (who was in the middle of a Fire In The Booth session with Charlie Sloth). It was such a blessing! The whole experience was outstanding and magnificent, and the St. Anselm's youth that went are very grateful for this trip because as well as touring the ins and outs of the BBC, we learnt new things, which has inspired us and helped to give us an idea of what we want to do or become in the future.
Then, we went to a staging and recording room, where we took pictures. Many famous celebs go into that room for recordings and interviews, so it was a such a privilege to tour the room. During the tour, we bumped into Greg James and the UK rapper Mist (who was in the middle of a Fire In The Booth session with Charlie Sloth). It was such a blessing!
The whole experience was outstanding and magnificent, and the St. Anselm's youth that went are very grateful for this trip because as well as touring the ins and outs of the BBC, we learnt new things, which has inspired us and helped to give us an idea of what we want to do or become in the future.
Written by Chelsea Jessica Addo-Nortey
by Marjorie Griffith
Just before Christmas various members of the church took up the invitation to attend the National Gallery. Esther made the arrangements, some of us met at the church and some of us went straight to the National Gallery.
Outside the Gallery there were many people showing their talents, artists, magicians, people being statues, etc., and a very odd statue of a hand with one finger pointing upwards.
Once we all got inside we were met by Caroline Campbell (who attends the 8am service at St Anselm’s and is a senior curator at the National Gallery) and were taken to a room where she explained what we were going to see, 4 paintings. We could leave our stuff in the room, so without baggage and but with a chair we went to look at the first painting.
Caroline asked our view on the first painting. It as a picture of a man on his knees holding a rock, with various animals in the picture, members of the group said what they saw, an owl, a goat, two people in the background. I thought the painting was of Peter being the rock, but it was a picture of St Jerome, this was only part of a larger painting the other half was in a gallery in Italy.
St Jerome was a 4th-century religious scholar and ascetic who's responsible for the Vulgate, the Catholic Church's Latin version of the Bible's Old Testament.
We then moved on to the second painting – a picture of Jesus’s in the manger glowing with all sorts of people in the picture, young children, old people, shepherds, musicians, the 3 wise men, Mary and Joseph, baby angels all glowing with the glory of Jesus. I really liked this painting as everyone was happy, it was as if they all knew who Jesus was and why he was born.
The third and fourth paintings we viewed were side by side, which was the Winter Day and Interior, cold paintings, the first a cold winter day, the second a woman standing with her back to the artist the room having no colour, everything seems dark but there is hope, a new beginning, a taking of stock, a time for peace and acknowledgement that through all circumstances God is in it. He has to be the centre of our being in order for us to survive.
The afternoon was most enjoyable, the National Gallery is free to visit, so I hope that I have encouraged someone to visit, would I go again, yes – it is beautiful to see God in all things.
Every year the team go on an away trip to deepen fellowship and faith. This year the trip began with a meal the evening before, so those who couldn't come away could join in with this.
We left early next morning by train for the village of Wye in Kent, and from there we walked the 14 and a half miles to Canterbury, along the North Downs Way. It took us 7 hours, and was dark when we finally reached Canterbury Cathedral. We rushed to Evensong with 2 minutes to spare! We walked through fields, up steep hills and along orchards and through woods once teeming with robbers, lying in wait for pilgrims.
The next day we attended Eucharist in the Cathedral Crypt, built by none other than our own St.Anselm! Our legs and feet were sore, but we felt a sense of achievement and gratitude to have arrived safely at our sacred destination, in the footsteps of countless other pilgrims seeking to come closer to God.