Since the last few weeks has proved quite challenging for me in terms of my physical health and mental health, I decided to start revisiting church.
I am a believer and to me keeping my faith strong is important for my mental and physical wellbeing. The only issue is that I lacked church visitation, which I am not too happy about. Mostly because I don’t like to attend on my own. Today I made an effort to go out around 10am to visit the St Thomas’s Church which is within an hour of where I live and has been on my radar for a while. I have seen many old churches which are in much better condition, this was still in good condition but inside you can tell it doesn’t have the funding that others do. I spoke to a gentleman who confirmed the funding was poor. I understand time are hard, but it is surely the Church of England that should be taking it upon itself to provide adequate funding and repairs and not the general public who can only give what they can afford most of the time.
You will notice that this is huge, like most churches, and it has an upstairs which I was not expecting. I will be returning in the near future for sure to attend a Holy Communion service. I was granted permission to take photographs.
I was respectful to the altar and not to cross the wrong boundaries, but the public can enter the choir gallery area.
The church is large but apparently has a small congregation of people who attend regularly. I hope that more people will attend services here. It is one of a number of Church of England churches throughout Greater Manchester. I have yet to visit St. Peters church and St. Georges churches. I do intend to visit them but finding them open is very difficult considering that they are only open on Sunday for a brief time. This was not always the case.
Funding has blatantly decreased, and the public seem less interested in church and religions than ever before. The advent of modern belief systems has drawn a substantial part of the populace away from traditions like Christianity toward new age enlightenment beliefs and such. This is of course not deterring from the fact that there are around 2.83 billion Christians in the world making it the largest religion still to this day based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. A whopping 1.9 billion are Islamic and 1.25 billion are Hindu. Around 1.1 billion are non-religious. I hope that puts things in perspective – you should never feel ashamed of your faith. There will be others, so don’t be afraid to connect with them. The writer of Hebrews encourages the gathering together of friends and family as a community for support, love and wellbeing.
I was a little apprehensive about visiting as I haven’t done so in a while. I hope any future visits will provide an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals. Thank you so much for reading and I hope the pictures are enjoyable too.
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Welcome to this poem. Firstly, I want to apologise for not posting in the last twelve or so days. I was unfortunately quite unwell in hospital from the 16th of September to the 27th when I was allowed to leave. Still recovering, albeit at home. I think this is a trying time for me but as always staying true to my faith and with a courageous heart facing the unknown.
Blinded by the lightmy eyes they take the nightwhen my heart ceased to beatI began to meet, myselfon the brink of the unknownfizzing through dimensionsas the angels sing praise of GodI drop into the open waterand sparks streak across my visionand life seems so pale and emptyyet full of life is beaming through the hazemade out of clay, finding the wayto the top, waiting for my destiny, to hophop into the love and the lightextremely peaceful seductionthat radiates from my mind.
I must have decided reality was too muchplunged the knife off we go to the wonderful after...but wait, your deception is the gameseeing the world all the samethrough the translucence of your lightpain you inflict and torment you enact mean nothingthere will be no salvation for your sinsand through the dark comes Michaelsword that radiates lovea Christ redeemer implanted from aboveto reckon with the damned'you will not have him today', he called to find you were the architectwaking on your bedmy God, I thought I was dead.
Everlasting love love createsfear destroys... heartswaiting for the startof your lifein the fragile existenceof your mindhovering above crystal waterremember that there is law and orderin our lands... which we stole from etherupon the mountainstrung and hanging by the tetherof remorseacceded proceededyour burning heartset alight by the narrow lightshining through your razor sharp wirelight of eternity beginning the fraternityjewels, moon lightsnecklace or chalice... delightsthrone high so downinto the rustrocks, depthpanicscreamkilowatt manner power housetime to tame your plugsunplugfor infinity.
As my Angels as my guideI know I'll make it home aliveseeing you cryhide awayfrom the painand the miserylonging to helpnow, no longer ashamedliving yet another daymy heart bled a thousand roses that...
... lingered for eternity in your lifenow I'm entrapped and chantingwanting and yearningno way outcontradictionfatal afflictionattraction disasteryour eyes they sheen under tears drying under your desert iristhose chains burned to ashI scattered them with the brashof my soulmy day is now longerforever you are in frontmy chains are gonefear meltedlove succeededmy memories evadedperceptionbut the chains have gone, you are freeno longer bound by the chains of fearor swimming in desolationseeking the lightpower of the nightyou're the only one who can make it rightbe at restbe at peace.
Welcome to this short post on Saturday movie recs. You may recall in the past previous posts on this topic. Of course I will try to add some flavour or variety. All of these are films I like – all of them I recommend – including films in series.
First we have the Mission Impossible series. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 are available and 7 (Dead Reckoning) is coming next year. Wish it was out now!
Resident Evil series – don’t forget the animated series movies too. Don’t forget the newest addition Welcome to Raccoon City!
Inception – I always recommend this movie if you didn’t see it already.
The Wolf of Wall Street
2001: A Space Odyssey
Prometheus / Alien / Alien v Predator
Indiana Jones / Back to the Future / Jurassic Park
Ready Player One
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Dark Knight Trilogy / Batman movies – either animated or not.
There's a boy with a million to one chancehis eyes are closed, he is waitingyet he knowsand he turnsto see his mothers smileso wide and caringthe moment created in timeceases to fadeall but decades have passedand he cherishesthat fleeting glimpsenow the boy has grownand the mother has gonebut the smile remainswhat was done, was done.
After starting and learning the rules of the miniature wargames last night I was able to complete a practice game alone. It lasted for a few hours believe it or not because I was going slow, learning and trying to understand many things. Overall, it was fun. Today I have started a new game. I didn’t play it length way yesterday but from the smaller width which proved quite tense. There is no real hard or fast rules here. It seems the main point is to have fun!
Given that the actual battles themselves were so complex; and the massive Waterloo battle boxset I bought is likewise complex, I need to learn the basics.
I was having quite the time despite doing this alone. I do intend to play with other people at some point. You can also see the fields are now painted brown, and the yellow base underneath helped create the impression that crops were coming through. *
Back in 1795 there was the bread riots due to increased prices and less availability. Inflation was at an all time high during the French Revolution whilst the rich (the Royal Bourbons for example) lived off the income of the poor. A period of poor harvests, high prices and general recession.
In England more people bought the bulk their food instead of growing it. Instead of working on the land, many gained employment and income in factories, mills and the growing towns of the industrialising North. The effects of the war, exacerbated by a series of poor harvests, were felt in all these areas and caused a good deal of unrest and discontent. It wasn’t until after 1803, when invasion seemed almost certain, that British people succumbed to a wave of patriotism. Not until after the great victory of Trafalgar in October 1805 did they show a real determination to see off ‘Old Boney’ for good.
I’ve decided to get into the wargaming scene with the Napoleonic wargaming. I’m excited as I’ve bought a big starter set – French/Napoleonic army starter set. I also bought a travel pack which I glued and painted today although I need to paint the soldiers still, but they are tiny.
Since the era is fascinating and I am doing a lot of reading on it at the moment, it seemed fitting to try a new hobby. I’ve tried train modelling before which I found really fun and am still a big fan of it. This however is completely new to me. I have to paint a lot, so it is more of a slow paced, fragile project than with Hornby models for example.
Check out the travel set below.
The above set is basically the French vs British forces. Blue is France, red is Britain. This would certainly make travelling a lot more fun, whether on a train or plane it is great. You can use it anywhere since the box it came with has a handle. But you might as well stick it in your own small box. It also came with a small rulebook and 2 sets of dice for each side. This is the small set bought on a whim – but will provide valuable practice to prepare me for the ultimate gaming set…
Bonaparte’s French Army Starter Set. For around £95. I think for a starter set this is pretty good. There is over 100+ models in here to assemble and paint which will keep any aspiring or seasoned hobbyist busy. From a price standpoint it is pricey, but I believe that wargaming is generally more expensive than most hobbies. I have yet to buy the proper paint or brushes and used acrylic paint for the travel set.
I hope to post another highly interesting post on the Napoleonic Wars again soon. I am doing the reading right now, which is quite detailed so that I can come on here and explain it in simple to understand terms.