Our former Minister, Revd. Dr. Carla Grosch-Miller left on 30 March 2016. The following article is how she viewed our church.  

i am a little church (no great cathedral)
far from the splendour and squalor of hurrying cities
--i do not worry if briefer days grow briefest,
i am not sorry when sun and rain make april

my life is the life of the reaper and the sower;
my prayers are the prayers of earth's own clumsily striving
(finding and losing and laughing and crying) children
whose any sadness or joy is my grief or my gladness

around me surges a miracle of unceasing
birth and glory and death and resurrection:
over my sleeping self float flaming symbols
of hope, and i wake to a perfect patience of mountains

i am a little church (far from the frantic
world with its rapture and anguish)at peace with nature
--i do not worry if longer nights grow longest;
i am not sorry when silence becomes singing

winter by spring, i lift my diminutive spire to
merciful Him Whose only now is forever:
standing erect in the deathless truth of His presence
(welcoming humbly His light and proudly His darkness)

e.e.cummings

When she started her Ministry at Cumnor URC in 2008, she wrote:
I have long loved this poem. When I first came back to church as an adult, it was to a log cabin on the edge of the centre of Anchorage, Alaska. The church building in total was about the size and shape of our sanctuary here in Cumnor; the congregation only a bit larger. It was in that little church that I came to God anew. It was in that church that I learned to pray as a grown up. It was in that church that I heard the whisper of vocation to the ministry. One never knows what seeds are sheltered and nurtured in the soil of a 'little' church.

There is a lot to be said for little churches. They often have very big hearts. We certainly do. In a smaller church we learn the lessons of living with difference, up close and personal. The ministry of paying attention and loving response is our forte. The quality of our caring - for each other, for the communities in which we live, for this world God so loves - is palpable. The quantity of our giving that goes to missions far afield astonishes. Cumnor United Reformed Church has a big heart, indeed.

Browse our website. Read about our longstanding relationship supporting the Hope & Faith School in Lusaka, Zambia. Notice our support of local charities. Ponder the opportunities we offer for spiritual and community nurture: Fourth Fridays, Cream teas, Country Lunches. To get a real feel for us though, you have to visit. We hope you do. We look forward to sharing our hope, faith and love with you.

 

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