That of God in everyone

Heaven in the Ordinary

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You can listen to the BBC Radio 4 broadcast at the link below

Writer and priest Malcolm Doney finds surprising delights when taking a closer look at things we often take for granted.

According to Malcolm the familiar can too easily be ignored and subsequently disregarded. He warns that we are in danger of treating our surroundings like a 'blandscape'. For Malcolm there are valuable lessons to be learnt by immersing oneself in the local. This might all sound a bit parochial, but there's another way of looking at it. Malcom explains that if we celebrate the familiar, if we move our attention from the general to the specific, it can open up a whole universe.

Familiarity and routine can be associated with drudgery, but Malcolm draws upon the example of the Christian monastic tradition's Liturgy of the Hours, in which each day is divided into sessions of prayer from Matins and Lauds, to Vespers and Compline. These services provide structure, focus and rhythm they're, landmarks which anchor and support the spiritual development of the believer.

The programme features poems from Seamus Heaney and Norman MacCaig and extracts from authors Xavier de Maistre and Linda Sonna. Music featured includes Bach's Sheep May Safely Graze and Breathless by the jazz trumpeter Matthew Halsall.

Presenter: Malcolm Doney
Producer: Jonathan O'Sullivan
A TBI Media production for BBC Radio 4.

Upcycled Bags In Aid of Quaker Service

[UPDATE] Please note that all bags have now sold out and are on their way to their new homes


Hi Friends,
Please find below some photos & description of bags Bronwen made to sell at IYM in aid of Quaker Service.


She made these bags, mainly from donated, jeans, ties, & shirts from Quaker Service.
All are lined, the denim ones are large, fully lined and with several pockets inside & on the outside. Ideal for attending a conference or to take books, files, iPad, laptop, lunch etc on a day out. Sturdy bags


The smaller ones are more like handbags.
Contact her by email,


if anyone is interested to purchase. suggested donation £15.


She had planned to sell them at the QS stall at IYM. All proceeds to Quaker Service,
The photos may not do them full justice.

Musings From A Quaker Bonnet

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“Almost everything about the resurrection of Jesus is beyond me. I don’t understand it. Like the women at the end of Mark’s gospel, I am amazed and more than a little afraid. But the bit of the resurrection that I do understand is the removal of the stone. The women come as darkness gives way to daylight to discover that the stone has been moved for them. What Christianity teaches us is that in spite of ourselves, our fears, our failures, our insufficiencies, our woundedness, the stone has been moved for us. What stone remains for you? Will you allow God to move it? You probably can’t move it yourself. The crucial question is like the one John’s Jesus put to the paralytic “Do you want it to be moved?”

Here we are, the recipients of a message from a heavenly messenger. He tells us not to be afraid. He tells us that the risen Jesus goes before us - is not in our known past, but in the uncertainty and insecurity of our unknown future. There we will see him as he promised. And so we, too, leave the Garden or Resurrection. To do what?”

“The Spiritual Landscape of Mark” by Bonnie Thurston

April's Monthly Readings


In vocal ministry, the sharing of spiritual experience and insights can be a way through which fresh understanding is conveyed to others. Receive the ministry in a loving spirit, avoiding hurtful criticism.

Ireland Yearly Meeting
General Christian Counsel

Do not assume that vocal ministry is never to be your part. Faithfulness and sincerity in speaking, even very briefly, may open the way to fuller ministry from others. When prompted to speak, wait patiently to know that the leading and time are right, but do not let a sense of your own unworthiness hold you back. Pray that your ministry may arise from deep experience, and trust that words will be given to you. Try to speak audibly and distinctly, and with sensitivity to the needs of others. Beware of speaking predictably or too often, and of making additions towards the end of the meeting when it is well left alone.

BYM - Advices and Queries