Mothering Sunday


From Grove books:

“Mothering Sunday is a time of mixed emotions. Being a mother is demanding and calls for affirmation, yet many find the occasion so painful that they will avoid it at all costs.

Yet the history of Mothering Sunday is much broader than the focus on biological mothers. This creative study draws on a wide range of reflection and shows how it can become a celebration to which all individuals will be drawn regardless of their own personal experience.

Crammed full of ideas and reflections Mothering Sunday is available from Grove for £3.95″

Household of Faith Conference with the legend John Westerhoff, 17-19 July


Andy and I are quite beside ourselves with excitement about the opportunity this July to spend 3 days at Sussex University at the Household of Faith Conference in Brighton. The keynote speaker is John Westerhoff, legendary author of Will Our Children Have Faith, with equally exceptional guests speakers including Lucy Moore off of Messy Church, +Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham and previously Bishop of Southampton and more being announced…

The best news is… You can come with us! In fact, we’d love nothing more than a bunch of us to be able to go from the Diocese of Winchester, to take part in this amazing event…

Tickets are on sale now at a discounted price of £275 for the full three days of conference, full board, prices rise to £300 on the 1st April, so get in quick…

Literally can’t wait…

Messy Church in the home

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Faith needs to be lived throughout the week – not just on Sundays or in church. Most of the week children are not in church – they are in homes with their families. But families find it hard to live and model what it means to be Christian. One small rural community is experimenting with adapting the Messy Church principles to use in the home with two or three families gathered together. Read how they are getting on.


Noah – Free community resources for the forthcoming movie

Nick Pollard from Damaris writes:

Dear friends,

It was so good to work in partnership with you last year around the Channel 5 broadcast of THE BIBLE series. We achieved so much together as people across the nation talked about the Bible. Now we have another opportunity – and perhaps together we can do something even greater!

Noah (in UK cinemas from April 4th) is an epic film inspired by the Bible story of Noah – for details see From the visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, and starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connolly, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins, Noah will once more give us many wonderful opportunities to encourage a conversation about the Bible.

Last week I was delighted to join my friends at Paramount Pictures to read the entire script and watch a large amount of the footage. I can tell you that this is a powerful and inspirational film that has great potential to draw people into the Bible. Of course it is not a word-for-word retelling of the biblical story – it is far more than that. Whilst faithfully telling the core story, this film brilliantly takes us into the mind of Noah and sets his task and the flood in the wider context of the whole biblical narrative. As someone who loves the Bible and has read (and preached on) the Noah story very many times I am sure that this film has a marvellous potential to encourage people to think about questions of faith and doubt, righteousness and wickedness, judgment and mercy, and the relationship between humanity, the world and God. It can stimulate people to look at the original story for themselves. It can provoke a national conversation about the Bible. It can do so much! But for this to happen all of us who worked together so well on THE BIBLE series need to join together again to make the most of Noah.

Please will you:

  • use the free official community resources we will be publishing at Sign-up now to receive a free copy of them in a glossy book with a cover mounted DVD.
  • join us in using the graphics and adverts to tell other people about the film and our free official resources.

Yours truly,

Nick Pollard
Co-founder of Damaris