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A few years ago I was at Spring School of the United Reformed Church at Lee Abbey, Devon, having various biblical studies and a spiritual experience with lots of worship. One of those “spiritual experiences” was when I was staring at a white ceiling in my shared room after the sessions and was “challenged” by my room mate asking what I was doing. To which I replied: “I am thinking of the inner life of God”. Aha. “More specifically?”. I answered, “more specifically: the Perichresis of God”. We both laughed, but then actually we had a good theological conversation on the inner life of God and the Perichoresis.

Perichoresis is a Greek word, it means cyclical movement or “dancing around with one another”. It refers to the mutual indwelling of the Trinity, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We find its roots in the New Testament: the Father is in the Son, and the Son in the Father." (Jn 14:1) We also find the term in the works of the Cappadocian Fathers and in the teachings of modern theologians like Karl Barth, Jurgen Moltmann or Miroslav Volf. They all claim the relationship of the Triune God is intensified by the relationship of perichoresis. This indwelling expresses and realizes fellowship between the Father and the Son. It is extreme spiritual intimacy, that’s why Moltmann speaks about the Crucified God in his central theology.

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Image of Rev'd John Gray 2014Dear Friends,
My name is Revd John Gray. I have been a URC minister to Nailsea URC since 2014. Prior to that I was a local minister to Horfield and Argyle Morley URCs only, and in 2014 Nailsea URC was added to the pastorate.

My theological training, upbringing and background is Calvinistic, or rather Presbyterian, however, today I could not “be boxed” into any theological platform and movement. Perhaps, I would like to be regarded as a Spirit-led, Bible-driven, Green thinking humble servant of God, who is yet quite confident in our team-work of pastoral, teaching and preaching ministry at Nailsea URC.

What's it all about?

Church Membership is the way in which Christians who have made their home in the local church are encouraged to express their commitment to that congregation of God’s people.

Who are they?

Well Church Members are not Super-Christians, just ordinary people who meet regularly to try and make sure that the continued life and witness of the church is in line with how God wants it to be. You can still be effective within the life of the church without being a member, but only members have a vote at Church Meeting, and are therefore the people who, as a body, make decisions.