27 November 2018
For most people Advent is a time of calendars, chocolates, candles, countdown. But in its real sense Advent is about preparation, expectation, waiting, longing, desire, rhythm, hope. I love this time of year to pause and reflect on the coming of Jesus in so many ways. I love what Gerard Kelly says in his book Twitturgies in relation to Isaiah 9:1-7, an Old Testament passage looking forward with hope to the promised Messiah:
"There is a reason we celebrate Christmas at mid-winter and why it means so much to us. Approaching the year's end, in the darkest season, hope could so very easily run low. But something in our spirit says it needn't. In the fresh night air, under unnumbered stars, something tells us hope is real. We know our planet is deeply troubled. We see pain and loss around us. We sense the confusion suffering people feel. Yet deep inside we know that all is not lost. We dare to believe that somewhere in the universe, beyond the very stars we see, there is a force for love and good and redemption, and a reason for hope. The Bible has a name for this hope: the Messiah. Deep in midwinter, we long for his coming."
6 September 2018
September is often accompanied by the farewell to summer slowness, the lazy, hazy days of soaking up holidays, festivals, bbqs, and this year the surprise element of a heatwave. As September begins, not only do we see the daylight hours begin to reduce and the temperatures start to drop but it is also when social media is covered with the obligatory photos of children in school uniforms, marking transitions and seasons; when students are gearing up for a new term at University; and when teachers prepare lessons for a new school year. September is often associated with learning......
This September at Third Space we are asking God what he wants to teach us for this next season, we are asking ourselves what it is we want to learn and where we most want to grow. This term we have scheduled ways of learning into our diaries, from media training days, chaplaincy training modules, books, conferences and gatherings, and these are so incredibly helpful. But often the teaching comes through the unplanned moments too, the gentle whispers of God on a prayer day, the verse that leaps out from a devotional time in God's word, a theme that starts to develop over a few weeks, the loving correction that comes when we steer off course.
In a world where our diaries are overflowing, where we get tired and self absorbed, it is easy to become lazy and complacent about the need to learn. As a team we are aware of this danger and want to resist temptation to fall into it, we long to stay alert to the leading of the Holy Spirit, to the recognition of the Father's voice, and to only doing what the Father tells us to do, and to regularly challenge and stretch ourselves. We don't always succeed but we are doing our best. So this term we are hungry for what God wants to teach us, we are intentional about being open and making time and we pray with the Psalmist "Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour and my hope is in you all day long." Psalm 25:4-5
5 June 2018
I've written blogs about beautiful feet before. It seems to be a theme over my life. I've become known for being a flip flop lover and relishing the seasons of pedicures, anklets, toe-rings, and freedom for the feet! Over the years I believe that my life verse is Isaiah 52:7 " How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” My feet are tattooed with the word 'beautiful' in Hebrew as a constant reminder of this. The tattoo being something I had done in Ibiza, a place where God regularly takes my feet to the lost, broken, messy and hurting. I find myself reflecting on my feet once again as they have recently successfully taken me 26.2 miles on the London marathon. This was one of the hardest things I've done. My feet have gone through a lot during the 4 months of training, being toughened up for the task that was awaiting them. On Sun 22nd April 2018, on the hottest London marathon to date, these feet were put to task and tested to the limit. As they pounded the streets mile after mile, swelling up in the heat, I reminded myself of the much bigger task set before me: to be a messenger of good news, a proclaimer of peace and salvation. I reminded myself of my reason for running: to raise funds for Third Space Ministries, for all the supporters who believer in our work, for all the people who have yet to discover life in all its fulness. Spurred on by the spine tingling, most wonderful crowds, cheered on by these host of witnesses, I pushed through to the end. As I crossed the finishing line with contrasting emotions of immense relief and great elation, I shortly removed my trainers to let my feet breathe. They weren't a pretty sight. They were hot, sweaty, bloodied, blistered, swollen, sore, and toenails ready to drop! Yet they had remained strong and completed the challenge they were set.
As I looked at my 'ugly' feet, I declared the truth that they were still beautiful. For me the London Marathon was more than a 26.2 mile race. It was symbolic of a much bigger, longer race: the race God has called me to run with endurance, perseverance, keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfector of my faith.
I'm sure that God will continue to call me into places which are dark, messy, unglamorous, painful, but as long as I follow his footsteps, as long as I allow him to guide me, as long as I run after him, as long as I train wisely, then my feet will be shining with beauty.
Written by Carolyn Skinner
15 May 2018
At Third Space Ministries we are passionate about sharing the wonderful news of God's love with everyone that we meet, in gentle, truthful, incarnational ways. And we love to help others do that too. We have written a course to help people share their faith in a natural way in their ordinary, everyday lives. We are currently piloting this course and will make it available at a later stage to deliver in a variety of settings.
Our desire is to expand our hearts to receive more of God's love in order to give it away and we join with the apostle Paul in Acts 20:24 when he says "What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God."
19 April 2018
On Friday 20th April we will be having a day of prayer for Third Space Ministries. We passionately believe in prayer and the difference it makes to our work and to ourselves. We would love it if you could take some time to pray for our work that day. You can come to our base at Morden Baptist Church, or simply pray wherever you are. If you go to 'What we do' then you will see a programme for the day and some prayer points.
16 March 2018
We are thrilled to announce the official launch party for our DJ Ministry initiative. Join us for an evening of music, canapes and wine, as we hear Luke Rollins, our newly appointed DJ Ministry Coordinator, share his vision, enjoy sets from guest DJs, and together celebrate the launch of this new venture.
Friday 13th April, 7.30 - 11pm
Crown House Creative, London Road, Morden
Entry is free but numbers are limited so booking is essential.
Go to 'read more news' to take you to our booking page
23 February 2018
A few musings on Lent:
During the winter months, as we look out upon nature, it appears that very little is happening: no life; no growth; no fruit; lack of colour and vibrancy. But the wonder and mystery of it all is that something is indeed taking place, out of sight, underground, hidden in cases, cocoons or wombs. When the time is right, when the conditions are perfectly prepared, life springs forth in abundance of buds, blossoms, fruit, flowers, new life, colours, smells, light, warmth. But it cannot be rushed. Winter is a time of trusting in the unseen.
As we advance towards Easter and contemplate Christ’s journey to the cross, Lent can sometimes feel like this, a season of darkness and waiting, when the disciples were confused and feeling like nothing was going to plan. And then….resurrection!
God is at work behind the scenes. Don’t just rely of what you see with your own eyes, but trust in the promises of God’s word and the goodness of his Fatherhood.
As you take note of the early signs of spring around you over these coming weeks, may you hold on to the knowledge that God is at work. As you spend time in reflection on journeying with the disciples, may this Lent be a season of renewal and life, of building your faith and seeing beyond the surface.
12 January 2018
Happy New Year to you all! We pray that 2018 will be a year filled with adventure with God and a greater understanding of His love, and a passion to share that with others.
18 December 2017
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas! We are so grateful to God for a fantastic year at Third Space and for the support from so many people. May you know God's gift of love, grace and truth in Jesus this Christmas. "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:15
26 September 2017
At the end of October it will be our 7th birthday! And we want to share this celebration with you. Over the coming weeks, through our newsletter and through social media, we will be sharing different aspects of our work, stories, prayer requests, as well as a competition, and revealing the new promotional film. There is so much to celebrate and we are so grateful for what has been and excited for what is to come. To ensure that you don't miss out on our birthday news and treats over the coming weeks, please make sure you subscribe to our newsletter by filling in your details on the section on this site, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We are also trying to raise £3000 towards our work. To donate to our birthday appeal please click here