Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, Team Rector of St Luke in the City, Liverpool, and author of The Teenage Prayer Experiment Notebook, was one of eight people who sent a message back in time as part of The Church Times' current series on Church & Youth:
First, let me assure you that life gets better and better. Looking back, I can see both how bullied you are, and how defensive and prickly you can be in return. Try not to worry so much about what people think about you. Be yourself, and be confident. You look at photos of yourself now and squirm, but I look back at them and think how beautiful you are.
Enjoy the time you have now to read, act, write poetry, and cycle around the countryside. I can tell you that you will end up achieving all your childhood ambitions by the time you’re my age (except the one about becoming an actress, I’m afraid).
But let me tell you the one thing that I am really embarrassed about now, and that’s how rude and dismissive I was at your age about people of faith. You know how sarcastic you are about the school Christian Union? I’m really sorry, but you’re going to have to eat your words in the future. God is real. Remember that time in the snow, when you were little, when you knelt in awe at the sheer beauty of it? That’s what faith is like, not the rather dreary list of rules you set up as a straw man to have a dig at.
I’d re-read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe if I were you. I know how annoyed you were when you discovered it was a Christian allegory, but re-read it and try to grasp the beauty of that mystery of the Old Magic, and the fleeting glimpses of Aslan, as something you’re going to have the wonder and awe of knowing for yourself — about six years from now.
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Our Rector Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, who was at the Church of England's General Synod when it voted to consider authorising a liturgy to welcome trans people by reaffirming their baptismal identity in their new name and gender, responds to the decision announced this week that the House of Bishops has declined the opportunity to create a new liturgy.Read More
LAST DECEMBER, as part of our Advent theme on Journeys, we heard the story of Margaret, a former Commonwealth sportswoman from Uganda seeking asylum in Liverpool. This year we celebrated with her and her partner Lydia as they won the right to remain in the UK and be together.Read More
Posh Advent calendars. They're a real thing this year - our Rector Miranda Threlfall-Holmes writes:
I'm old enough to remember when you couldn't even get chocolate in a Advent calendar, just either a Christmassy picture behind each window, or a Bible quotation. Chocolate started a few years too late for my childhood, but hell yeah. And then, silently but surely, posh Advent calendars have developed as a thing.
So, you’ve survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday – and maybe had a little left over for Giving Tuesday? Let’s not forget that December is a marathon, not a sprint. It may be the ‘most wonderful time of year’ for some, it can also be the most expensive and challenging time of the year for many, writes Kieran Bohan. chaplain with Liverpool YMCA.Read More
One of St Brides’ congregation, Lynn McAllister, took part in Amos Trust’s Just Walk to Jerusalem this year, in which a group of people walked from London to Jerusalem to apologise for the consequences of the Balfour Declaration for the Palestinians.Read More
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AT the monthly communion service in August hosted by Open Table, (OT), an ecumenical Christian worship community which offers a warm welcome to people who are: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer / Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA), the Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Revd Paul Bayes, gave a reflection on 'a story of increasing love and boundaries crossed'.Read More
THESE were the courageous words of the keynote speaker at this year's annual conference of Quest, which offers pastoral support for LGBT Catholics in the UK, writes Kieran, one of our Local Missional Leaders.
Sister Jeannine Gramick has cared and campaigned for the LGBT community in the USA since 1971, two years before Quest was founded.Read More
THIS WEEKEND the Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Revd Paul Bayes, will join the celebration of Open Table, an ecumenical Christian worship community which offers a warm welcome to people who are: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) and all who seek a more inclusive Church.Read More
This is a story written by Claire, a member of our Open Table community, which features in the Writing on the Wall anthology, What's Your World Pride Story? which will be launched at Liverpool Pride on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July.
It may have two cathedrals on a street called Hope but I never expected to find God in Liverpool!Read More
Whether you love it or hate it (or somewhere in between), the Bible is central to our faith. This month, four different speakers will explore why their favourite Bible passages are important to them. On July 9th, Mark Waters from our sister church St Dunstan's, reflected on some texts from Isaiah which anticipate the life of Jesus and show that the Christ event was already active, long before Jesus was born. This challenges received ideas about Christianity.Read More
Over 11 days between 26th May and 5th June, our churchwarden Dave Bradley walked the 134 miles of the North Wales Pilgrim Way. The Way visits many sites of historic interest or with spiritual associations, such as ancient pilgrim churches, holy wells and even a 4000 year old yew tree.Read More