Faith Matters

Faith Matters

Here we will publish articles relating to faith, the Bible, and spirituality – it’s about what we believe, and why it matters.

Glenorchy Charities 2019

Each year Glenorchy Church normally chooses three different charities to support through our Mission Box Scheme* and special events, such as our Garden Party and Mission Concert or Tea Party. In 2019 the three charities we are supporting are Littlebridge Children’s Hospice in North Devon, Mission Aviation Fellowship and Homes that Smile (an Exmouth charity … Continue reading Glenorchy Charities 2019


Noel’s Prayer Page July

A Poem for our Time Last month I wrote about the Mission Committee’s focus for 2019 on Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and in the autumn there will be articles about our other charities, the South West Children’s Hospice and Homes that Smile. All these good causes deserve your ongoing prayers. But for this edition, in … Continue reading Noel’s Prayer Page July


Down to earth! Paul once described the Christian message as ‘foolishness to the Greeks’, meaning that the Christian message is not based on argument or logic, still less a matter of being clever enough to follow it, like a philosophy or moral system, but a story about a person, about a crucifixion and a resurrection … Continue reading Reflection

Noel’s Prayer Page June

BE THE CHANGE Send us out all over the world, so that everyone everywhere will discover your ways and know who you are, and see your power to save (Psalm 67:2) One of the charities being supported through our Mission Committee this year is Mission Aviation Fellowship. The quote above is used in their Mission … Continue reading Noel’s Prayer Page June

Reflection – Life giving faith

‘Life giving faith, defiant hope, generous love’ Revd Martin John Nicholls On the mud wall of a small Christian Aid field office in Rwanda I noticed the remains of poster. It was faded and weathered as it flapped in the hot breeze. The words read: “A candle in the darkness is a non-conformist; it says … Continue reading Reflection – Life giving faith

Noel’s Prayer Page

THE IMPORTANCE OF PRAYER One of the saddest things about the busy world we live in is that regular prayer gets crowded out. The media and advertising dominates so much of our thinking. It is so noisy and melodramatic these days that my wife and I can’t enjoy going to the cinema any more. The … Continue reading Noel’s Prayer Page

Eco Church – May 2019

It’s great that the solar panels on our south-facing church roof are now producing electricity and will reduce our electricity costs as well as doing our bit to help the environment. This will also help us towards our goal of achieving the Eco Church Gold Award. Thanks to Bob Austen and Bob Jones for getting … Continue reading Eco Church – May 2019

Faith, Hope and Love at Easter

Unlike the celebration of Christmas – no-one actually knows the date of Jesus’ birth – the feast of Easter is firmly based on the calendar. Jesus was crucified around Passover time, as the Gospel-writers make clear. And Passover is fixed around the spring equinox. However, just as a mid-winter Christmas is a powerful symbol of … Continue reading Faith, Hope and Love at Easter


A 17th Century Nun’s Prayer Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and someday will be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not … Continue reading Reflection