Tyndale Baptist Church is open for worship on Sunday mornings at 10.30 am

Read Michael’s September pastoral letter.

Tuesday Coffee Shop reopens on 13th September at 10 am – 12 noon. time@tyndale reopens on Wednesday 15th at 7.30 pm. Virtual Coffee Shop moves to Thursdays at 11 am from the 16th. You can still get Morning Worship online and read the Thought for the Day.

Thought for the Day

27th September 2021

Last week was the University’s Welcome Week, with the usual heady buzz of excitement and anticipation, as well as a degree of Covid-related apprehension. But there was real joy in finally being in the same space with our students old and new, and delight in encountering our colleagues in full-length mode again; the abiding memory of this particular week, more even than usual, will be of people smiling, even if you could sometimes only see their expression in the eyes crinkling above a mask.

Yet Welcome Week is also hectic and tiring, especially in current circumstances, and there was the usual predictable rushing around to get things done, and encountering colleagues with the traditional workplace greeting of ‘ – How are you? – Oh, you know, busy, busy!’ It made me think of Martha, a woman for whom I have considerable sympathy (to put it flippantly, nowhere in Luke’s gospel is it recorded that Jesus and his followers turned down the food she was presumably busy preparing!) But as Mary knew, sometimes the best way to make a person feel welcome is to give them time and attention.  And to quote the astronomer Galileo (from a postcard that has a prominent place in my office): ‘The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as though it had nothing else in the universe to do’. Bearing in mind Keith’s recent sermon about the way the Spirit can move through even our most casual encounters, let’s hope that anyone who enters our space feels like that bunch of grapes. And genuinely welcome.

Debbie Pinfold

24th September 2021

Recently I was asked to read the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10: 38-42) in church. I found myself trying to imagine my way into the story… Martha welcomes Jesus into her home, but it’s her sister Mary who sits listening to Jesus while Martha is “distracted by her many tasks”. Martha says “Lord, […]

22nd September 2021

Contemplating Silence Sitting in the garden in the late afternoon sunshine, we commented on how peaceful and quiet it was. Usually there are sounds from our neighbours gardens, children playing (or screaming) or DIY going on. We sat listening to and enjoying the silence. It made me think about when we experience silence in our […]

20th September 2021

I’m writing this on 10th September but you’ll be reading it on 20th, so no apologies for another thought about Afghanistan as the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 is already replaying memories and sparking comments and reflections. After all these years questions still remain. Should Afghanistan have had to suffer 20 years of war only to […]

15th September 2021

Our faith is one of fresh starts. Jesus healed people and talked to them about starting their lives again. Each week we confess our sins and start anew having received a forgiveness we don’t deserve. In our baptism, we die to the old and are born into the new. Without wanting to overplay things too […]

13th September 2021

I recently made a new will. Having decided what I wanted it to say I took professional advice to get the wording right. The result was a pretty dry piece of prose! While studying family history I have looked at several earlier wills – quite a contrast. One from 1834 began: In the first place […]

10th September 2021

Suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewellery, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the […]

8th September 2021

I’m writing this on 2nd September, the first day at primary school for Rachel’s grand-daughter. Four-and-a-half years seem to have gone quickly since River was born. A myriad of educational opportunities await her. Who knows where ‘finding out’ will lead? Although we grown-ups know it, it won’t be helpful at this point for a four-year-old […]

6th September 2021

Forgiveness The extension of the child abuse enquiry beyond the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church to other religious communities has this week identified the offering of forgiveness as a contributing factor. This must, of course, be a perverted view of what Jesus taught – in fact, that ‘cheap grace’ of which Bonhoeffer […]

3rd September 2021

This week I have lost my voice. For two days I have had no voice at all. A slight croak was all I could manage. Then it began to ease, but honestly it’s not much better several days on. I am extremely grateful to Rachel for taking on a funeral at very short notice, and […]