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Rapport magazine

Rapport is the official magazine of the Lee Abbey Movement. It is published three times a year and sent to all Lee Abbey Friends of Jesus.  Here are some of its recent articles.


Confident evangelism

Andy Bannister, Director of Solas, gives us some tips about sharing your faith in Jesus more naturally and persuasively, sensitively challenging people with questions

The sound of silence

Rob Eastwood Dewing explains how an individually guided retreat can allow space for us to hear God more clearly

What if?

Pat Westwell meditates on the hope of the gospel



Suzanne Irving reflects how in our fragility we are both jars of clay and God’s masterpieces


Triple listening

Paul Woolley considers the importance of listening, for disciples of Jesus in today’s world.

The Holy Spirit in family life

Lecturer, author and mum, Helen Collins shows us how we can let the Holy Spirit change and improve the sometimes mundane, chaotic and difficult aspects of our closest relationships.

The way up is down

Mark Melluish explains that the way to get to know God better is to ‘get down low.’

Praying with God’s Word

Author and speaker Amy Boucher Pye delves into different ways of hearing God speak to us through the Bible


Disruption or opportunity?

Sandy Pepper, Chair of Lee Abbey London, urges us to embrace the openings provided by the pandemic for the gospel

Silent power at work

Sister Carol reflects on intercessory prayer and explains how we can embrace its challenges and learn to ‘live it’

To be a pilgrim

Jennie Cappleman considers what a pilgrimage actually is, and how to embark on one


A special place

John Simmons reflects on the importance of rural churches for local communities

Staying connected

Dr Maggie Paul reflects on remaining faithful in strange times

The Beacon Team

Beacon receives top award

Keith Ovenden explains why The Beacon Activity Centre merited the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC) Gold Standard Award

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Farmers under pressure

Farm Manager Simon Gibson highlights the impact of mass markets on the environment and the challenges farmers face as they care for livestock and the landscape


Easter re-imagined

The Beacon Activity Centre Team find an innovative way to engage children with the Easter story

Tree of life

Ann Persson introduces a creative reflection which will help us take stock of our lives

Beautiful and mysterious

The poet Malcolm Guite explores how Jesus reveals Himself to us through the ‘I Am’ sayings of John’s Gospel

Hope for tomorrow

Justin Tomkins looks at how we can help future generations celebrate technology and science without being ruled by it


The gift of tears

Suppressed, hidden, apologised for, writer and speaker David Runcorn asks us to look again at how God can use our tears

Wrestling in the dark

Dave Hopwood reflects on Jacob’s struggle at the River Jabbok and other Bible characters who wrestle with reality.

Living in Christian community

Bishop Alan St Albans considers the resurgence of Christian communities in the West and what we can learn from St Benedict.

Get wisdom!

Bev Shepherd examines the biblical definition of true wisdom and how to steer a course which leads to life

Seasoned by Seasons

Michael Mitton reflects on Bible stories which connect with the seasons of the soul

A revue to remember

Simon Holland considers the radical love of the Servant King, demonstrated in Lee Abbey Devon’s performance of Lee Misérabbeys


Gardens – the new sanctuary space

Award winning garden designer Hannah Genders reflects on how our gardens can become the spaces that provide a sanctuary from this modern, fast paced world


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70th Celebrations

Simon Holland reflects on the spiritual power-house that is Lee Abbey at 70

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Letting in the LIGHT

Shaun Lambert considers the value of being still whilst on a retreat and ‘cleaning the windows of our soul’

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Words of Life

Silas Crawley examines how our words can be a powerful catalyst for affirmation and growth.

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Food and faith

Andy Lester and Ruth Valerio examine how we can live well whilst also protecting the needs of the planet.

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God, science and nature

Graham Swinerd and John Bryant consider the evidence of divine design in our awe-inspiring universe.

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Jane Willis reflects on a silent retreat at Lee Abbey Devon: ‘No words, no wine, no web – but I had my camera.’

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Moving from trying to training

Joe Davis looks at how we can redeem a ‘dark night’ of the soul by the practice of spiritual disciplines in following Jesus


Life’s changing seasons

Bob Evens reflects on life’s different seasons – and God’s provision for each new phase.

Contemplating the Psalms

Roger Wagner reflects on the inspiration behind his project to illustrate and translate the Psalms.

To be a pilgrim …

A new course, commissioned by the Church of England, aimed to inspire confident, transformative discipleship. Is this a rival to Alpha? Paula Gooder unpacks the Pilgrim course.


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The Psalms Project

Ali Hull talks to composer Steven Faux about The Psalms Project, a contemporary journey through the vivid landscape of Psalms told in the musical language of feature films.

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Job – touching the void

David Rowe considers how we can continue to engage in faith and in dialogue, including lament, even when things go wrong. Philip Roth’s tragic novel,…

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Write for your soul

Boxmoor Convent 26 January 1979  We drove up a steep, icy hill into the grounds of the convent. The car stuck in the snow and…

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What’s in a name?

Some Friends have recently quizzed me about the name change from Lee Abbey Households to Lee Abbey Small Missional Communities, so I thought it might…

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The God who speaks

If I asked you to describe the God of the Bible, to sum up his nature and his character, how would you answer? I guess…


Building bridges of hope through music

Sam Bromley speaks to Adrian Snell about life, family, music, and faith – and, of course, Fierce Love his first album release in seven years….

God’s gift of reconciliation

Karen Kemp explores God’s challenge for us to live at peace with one another and details her own struggle to forgive when her daughter was bullied…

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End of an era

Alice Collins asks Trevor and Samia Hubble to look back and reflect as they reach the end of their time at Lee Abbey London Samia…