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Here you have a chance to listen to the sermons at Forest Town Church. We are a local church based in St Albans and we trust that you will find these messages helpful and a true blessing to your life. Visit our website to find out more about us - www.foresttown.church. This podcast is managed by our Media Team at FTC. Please email us on office@foresttownchurch.org if you have any comments.
 
WDAV's Biscuits and Bach host, Rachel Stewart, talks with musicians, artists, chefs, foodies and others about everybody's favorite topic - food.Subscribe to a podcast of this series via iTunes using the button below or visit our subscribe page for other options.Subscribe
 
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Alan Bellinger returns with an update on COVID-19 in our local area and tells us about his experience of having the first installment of the vaccine. More details, including facts, figures and links on Alan’s Health Matters post. Matt and Laura give details on a few local news stories, including a poorly installed ‘traffic calming’ measure on a St …
 
This time, Elspeth explores all subjects connected with the word “Invisible”. For example, how you define the word. She also discovers invisibility as a theme in a children’s novel, a piece of adult non-fiction, and in a film. She considers views on the current COVID-19 situation and even discovers that scientists are working on actually making obj…
 
Recent events in the United States show that Western-style liberal democracies may not be as robust as we like to think, the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, writes in a comment article in this week’s Church Times (15 January). The arrest last week of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, and the attempt in 2019 by the British Prime Minister…
 
In this episode, we are celebrating Burn's night. Burns night is a celebration of the work of Robert Burns the Scottish poet and his contribution to Scottish culture. It is traditionally celebrated in Scotland with a supper of Haggis, neeps, and tatties. The team has recorded themselves reading verses from the traditional Burns poem 'Address To A H…
 
On this week’s podcast, Ed Thornton talks to Simon Parke about his new book Gospel: Rumours of love. A work of historical fiction, it is narrated in the first-person through the eyes of Jesus (Yeshua), Mary Magdalene (Miriam), and Mary, the mother of Jesus.“I was interested in going and having a look at some of the gaps,” Simon says. “What was it l…
 
On this week’s edition we hear from our book correspondent Clare Hobba. This month’s book recommendations are based around the them of Holiday Adventures. Clare chose this theme as this is the time of year when many of us look ahead to breaks and holidays we plan to take. Her selections are: The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane The Salt Path by Raynor…
 
I wonder how many of you made New Year’s resolutions this year. And the next question is – Have you kept any of them? Elspeth looks into the origins of New Year’s resolution and discovers that they go back thousands of years. But has this “lockdown year” encouraged us to do new things? For example – more exercise, or building more relationships, or…
 
Ashley Strickland Freeman, an award-winning food stylist, recipe developer, and cookbook author based in Charleston, SC, swears by Duke's Mayonnaise. So much so that she's written a cookbook devoted to this staple found in so many Southern kitchens. Listen to her talk about the unexpected ways mayonnaise can be used in recipes beyond the customary …
 
Growing numbers of Christians say that they are “done with” attending church. What are their reasons for doing so, and what can churches learn from it?In Leaving Church: What can we learn from those who are done with church? (Grove Books), Robin Stockitt and S John Dawson tell the stories of those who have moved away from traditional forms of churc…
 
On this week’s edition of the St Albans Podcast, we hear from our legal correspondent Michael Labrum. He discusses buying and selling property during the latest lockdown and the issue of wrongful trading for company directors. Michael is from Labrums Solicitors and to find out more, check out his law firm www.labrums.co.uk Also on the show we hear …
 
In this Just Elspeth podcast, she explores exactly what we mean by beauty but finds that it is a concept that be applied to so many different aspects of life. There is beauty in a child’s smile, but also in the design of a new car. There is beauty in the countryside, but also in a kind act of compassion. There is beauty in the skill and care of hos…
 
This week, we have one of the podcast highlights of 2020: an interview with Madeleine Davies about her book Lights for the Path: a guide through grief, pain, and loss (SPCK). It’s available to buy from the Church Times Bookshop.At the end of the interview, Malcolm Guite reads his sonnet “Pilgrimage”.Read an extract from the Lights for the Path on t…
 
The Charlotte Symphony will celebrate the arrival of 2021 with a New Year’s Day concert featuring Baroque music. Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees explains how the lively and joyful sounds of Baroque music may be the unexpected, but perfect, way to turn a new page after the tumult of 2020. He also reflects on what performing arts organizati…
 
Today, in a season when Covid 19 has brought up so much hardship for so many people, not only in illness and death but in businesses closing with the consequence of many made redundant, the word “forgiveness” is hard to live out in reality. Elspeth looks a little at its history, centres on the words of Jesus, discovers poetry and films that feature…
 
And what a different Christmas this year, as we all struggle to bring the same joy and festivity to the festival ! Elspeth chats about some local Christmas events, about past Christmases, and reads a somewhat humorous poem based on a famous early 19thcentury rhyme…”Twas the night before Christmas”, and manages to make a point at the same time. The …
 
On this week’s podcast, Malcolm Guite takes us on a journey through the “Great O Antiphons”: seven prayers which the Church prayed during the first centuries, which called afresh for Christ to come.Malcolm reads each of the seven prayers and reflects on them, and offers his own poetic response to each one, taken from his collection Sounding the Sea…
 
We welcome back Alan Bellinger as our health correspondent, with his feature ‘Health Matters’. He is talking to us about the latest on COVID, follow along with the details on his blog post: Health Matters. Matt and Laura from the Herts Ad bring us a smattering of local news stories. Get the details as well as many more stories on the Herts Ad webpa…
 
Join us for some Christmas festivities as Antonia reads from the first chapter of 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. It is said that Charles Dickens invented Christmas and this story in particular helps remind you of the spirit of Christmas and the time of goodwill. We hope you enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas. Take care.…
 
In a Christmas season like no other, Bach Akademie Charlotte will be making merry on Zoom with their “Familie Christmas Partie”. The musical centerpiece of the gathering will be J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D recorded during the 2019 Charlotte Bach Festival. Artistic Director Scott Allen Jarrett talks about Bach Akademie Charlotte’s unusual season and…
 
In this podcast, Elspeth faces the problem that comes to most of us, at some time, and particularly so during this pandemic. Anxiety. She doesn’t think most of us worry about contracting the virus as much as worrying about the inevitable constraints that need to be in place to halt its spread. There’s the agony of not allowing contact with an agein…
 
Opera Carolina teams up with D9 Brewing to bring holiday cheer with an event called Tinsel Town. The festivities happen throughout the day at D9 Brewing Company in Cornelius, NC, and will feature Opera Carolina Carolers with singers from the Opera Carolina Kids Academy. Hear Megan Miller talk about this event as well as how Opera Carolina and indiv…
 
Piranesi, the long-awaited second novel by Susanna Clarke, has been published to critical acclaim. Last month, it was shortlisted for the 2020 Costa Book Awards.Clarke’s 2004 novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, has sold more than four million copies worldwide and been adapted into a BBC television series. After its publication, Clarke suffered fr…
 
Clare Hobba brings us a couple of winter themed books to get us through the cold, dark, maybe even snowy nights! She has picked The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall (2015) and Pine by Francine Toon (2020) which was shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Crime Debut of the Year. One more suggestion is Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney (also The Tenderness of W…
 
On this week’s podcast, Ed Thornton talks to Hannah Malcolm about a new book that she has edited, Words for a Dying World: Stories of grief and courage from the global Church. “I wanted to help people to think about the ways that grief over the world isn’t about death in abstraction. . . The ways that we grieve the world will be particular to the p…
 
On this week’s edition of the St Albans Podcast, we hear from our legal correspondent Michael Labrum. He explains the concept of negligence, from a legal perspective. Michael is from Labrums solicitors and to find out more, check out his law firm www.labrums.co.uk Also on the show we hear from Matt Adams and Laura Bill from the Herts Advertiser. Th…
 
In this Just Elspeth Podcast, she wonders if saying “thank you” has gone out of fashion. Are people oblivious to the fact that just a sincere word of thanks has a real warming effect on a person? Of course, the way you say the word might give the opposite effect. She reminds us that the way we receive a present, can bring even more pleasure than th…
 
Seven years after marrying a Christian, Stina Kielsmeier-Cook’s husband decided that he didn’t believe anymore.On this week’s podcast, Vicky Walker interviews Stina about what happened next, and how a group of nuns helped her to navigate her own beliefs.Stina recounts her experiences in a new book, Blessed Are The Nones (IVP, £11.99 (Church Times B…
 
Get that sated feeling with this weeks podcast. We have regular local food & drink expert Becky Alexander talking to us all about delivery services other local food solutions. Try plant-based dishes straight to your door by Plantopia and visit Seed & Grain cafe (or get takeaway) located at the Hertfordshire Garden Centre. Find out more from Becky o…
 
WDAV’s annual broadcast of Charlotte Lessons and Carols from St. John’s celebrates its tenth anniversary with a two-hour retrospective . Hear music director David Tang, and other event partners from St. John’s and the McClatchy Foundation, speak about what the community celebration means to them, and how it will be different this year. Learn more a…
 
You must agree that this is an unusual job for one of our St Albans residents. However, skills in puppetry, juggling, story telling and even the art of writing and acting out his own stories, has brought Neil, with his wife Hazel to regularly “go on the road” to perform. However there is an added twist to this story. Neil and Hazel are Christians, …
 
On this week’s podcast, Canon Mark Oakley speaks about how to preach when you haven’t got anything to say. This talk was given at the 2020 Church Times Festival of Preaching, which took place virtually in late September (News, 9 October).“A good sermon is not ultimately about information, but formation. It’s not a river of argument we have to follo…
 
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