Author Archives: Pat Dickin

Advent Mid-week Communion

Wednesdays during Advent 10.30am Followed by tea and cake and Bible Study Come for the Holy Communion, and stay if you can to the Bible study and prayer to truly prepare your heart for Christmas Mereworth Church, 10.30am Wednesday 2, 9, 16, 23 December

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Day Eight – Caesarea, Joppa and Jaffa

Having packed our bags, we head south. We visit Caesarea Maritima, what used to be a bustling port city where Paul was imprisoned and held by the Roman Authorities while he waited to ship off to Rome. It sits on the shores of Israel, with the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea licking the shores. From there, we continue south along the Mediterranean, to the town of Jaffa, then called Joppa. We have lunch there, before going to the airport in Tel Aviv. We’re homeward bound. The last 8 days have given me a new insight into the smells, sights and sounds of Jesus’ earthly ministry. I have felt Closer … Continue reading

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Day Seven – Sea of Galilee

Galilee! Today we visit many of the places that stand as silent witnesses to Jesus’ loving ministry. The calling of His first. Disciples. The house of Peter’s mother in law where he healed her. Capernaum. Breakfast on the lakeside with Jesus cooking the fish for His friends. The feeding of the thousands. The Sermon on the Mount. We ended the day on a boat on Lake Galilee. This is no small lake that Jesus walked across! Its clear waters let you see deeply into the depth where thousands of fish live. Beautiful Galilee! You can read about my previous day here.

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day six – Nazarath and Galilee

Today we leave Jerusalem, and head out to Nazareth in Galilee. A busy town, noisy and bustling, where Jesus spent his chikdhood and adolescence. We visit Sephoris, one of the more recent archaelogical finds, and the capital of Galilee in Jesus’ time. The discovery of Sephoris has rocked what was known or assumed about the time of Jesus. Sephoris has shown that the culture affecting Jesus was far more sophisticated and urban than previously thought possible. You can read about my previous day here.

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Day Five – Pentecost in Jerusalem

PENTECOST! I pray you all had a fabtastic celebration. We started early, visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem where we witnessed worship by the Ethiopian church, the Coptic, the Roman Catholic, and then the Greek Orthodox churches, each celebrating Pentecost in their own traditions. After breakfast we went to the Anglican Cathedral of Jerusalem to celebrate with them. We were then invited to stay on to the free community meal they offer every Pentecost. There were over 300 people eating together, and the Dean of the Cathedral together with several other clergy took out their musical instruments and played music while we enjoyed the community meal. After … Continue reading

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Day Four – Masada and a dip in the Dead sea

Today we stepped out into the Judean desert. We visited King Herod’s fortress at Masada, that alson served as a refuge to the Jewish people escaping Jerusalem after the destruction of the temple. Off for a dip in the Dead Sea. Later up to the Qumran caves, and finished with a visit to St George’s monastery. I am in awe of the people who for centuries have made a living in the desert, finding ingenuous and incredible ways to survive and source water and food for themselves. We also saw lots of Beduin shepherds with their herds and a few camels. Early start tomorrow. 6am (4am UK time) to go … Continue reading

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Day two – Mount of Olives and Jerusalem

Today we started by going to the Mount of Olives where we celebrated Holy Communion. From there we were able to see many of the locations for both the Old Testament and the Gospels. We walked down into the city, and visited many of the churches that have been built on the Holy sites, walked the Via Dolorosa, the stations of the Cross, and had lunch at the Cinvent if Ecce Hommo, built on the section of the Old City where Jesus would’ve been presented to Pilate. We ended the day by visiting the site if Golgotha. It is extraordinary to be seeing these places so deeply steeped in history … Continue reading

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Off to the Holy Land…

We landed in Jerusalem with 41°C!! Even to me it felt a tad warm…. To be here is an extraordinary experience, and seems slightly surreal.  We got here with a little time to settle in our rooms, and then we changed into cooler clothes for dinner. After dinner, and still with 32°C, we went out for a walk through th  old city of Jerusalem.  No tour guide, just ambling through the narrow pedestrian roads. We didn’t realise, but for the Jewish population TODAY was the major feast of Pentecost, so there was no public transport, buses or trams, and  most large shops were closed, except for those of the muslim … Continue reading

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My Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

I’m so excited! I never thought this day would come when I go to the land where Jesus walked.  On Wednesday morning I leave to go to Israel, and I will be sharing my impressions, thoughts and reflections with you.  Would you like to come on this journey with me?

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from Mereworth to Archdeacon of Berkshire

Congratulations to Mrs Rachel Graham, a long time resident of Mereworth whose daughter Revd. Canon Olivia Graham has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Berkshire.

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