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Celebrating 500 years of Reformation

This year on the 31st October we celebrate 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany.  Luther was not a world-renowned name in 1517, but his act would prove to be a decisive catalyst in bringing reformation to the church. The Reformation was a protest against […]

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Moving from Deacons to Deacons and Elders at ECCC

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 was not just any Wednesday – it was the Wednesday when East Claremont for the first time elected Elders and Deacons.  The election went of smoothly with all 3 Elder-candidates and 10 Deacon-candidates being approved and accepted as suitable for these roles. Process I would like to thank the Congregation and […]

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An invitation into ministry

East Claremont exists to make the grace of an invisible God visible.  One of the ways we do this is by being the body of Christ – we serve each other and our community and thereby carry forward the incarnational ministry of Christ.  It is one of the greatest privileges of being a Christian – […]

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Why You WILL Join the Wrong Church

The following excellent article was originally published in 9marks.org[1].  In light of our sermon series in the Sermon on the Mount, particularly the sermon “Covenant and Marriage: God’s Answer to Divorce – Matt 5:31-32”[2], I thought that the parallels with church membership were an amazing insight! “The most read New York Times article from 2016 had nothing […]

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Oneness and marriage

I remember the first dating and sex talk I ever heard at youth group.  Once a boy and a girl decided to date the question was always “how far is too far?”  I distinctly remember one of the approaches (for boys) was the ‘bikini rule’ – you don’t touch what the bikini touches!  In retrospect, […]

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Pentecost 2017

This year Pentecost Sunday falls on 4th June – 50 days from Easter Sunday (Easter Sunday included).  Pentecost is a less celebrated holy-day than Christmas and Easter, but equally as important in the Christian calendar.  It is also less celebrated by the world – it hasn’t been captured for its commercial value or by the […]

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Holy Week: preparing our hearts for Easter

Holy week is the week leading up to Easter Sunday.  In the Christian calendar it is the last week of Lent.  During Holy Week, Christians remember the Passion of Christ (from Late Latin: passionem meaning “suffering” or “enduring”).  We contemplate His death on Good Friday to turn aside God’s wrath so that we could be […]

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Feedback from Church Forum

Our church is in the process of changing our leadership structure to include Elders.  Although the process has been slow, I wanted to ensure that matters were covered thoroughly and that all church members had opportunity for input, questions and reflection. One of the outcomes of the January 2017 church meeting was to put the […]

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A new year of new possibilities

Although it may be a bit late to welcome you into 2017 (in February!), each new year brings with it freshness, creativity and new energy.  There are two particular ‘new’ things that will bring this energy to ECCC.  One is a person and the other is an opportunity. New person One of the outcomes of […]

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Christmas is about worship

I think it is easy as a Christian to rail against the fact that Christmas has been stolen from Christians: the reason for the season is not the Christ-child but Christmas presents, staff parties, and arguments over “merry Christmas” versus “season greetings”. Rather than become negative and critical, spending our time saying what we are […]

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