19th September 2021- 24th Ordinary Sunday

Parish life under COVID has continued to be busy, albeit in a different way from the way it is without lockdowns. It has been wonderful to receive so many messages of appreciation for the ministry activities we have tried to during lockdown. While we are still not quite sure of the timing of a return […]

Morning devotion Friday 17th September 2021

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2   We all have burdens that we carry, and they can be as individual as the people carrying them.  Sometimes we carry them for a short time, sometimes they are chronic. They may be a result of events […]

Morning devotion Wednesday 15th September 2021

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  (Luke 10:41-42)   These verses come from a short episode in Luke’s Gospel (Luke 10:38-42) where Jesus visits the home of two sisters who […]

Morning devotion Monday 13th September 2021

 “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 Spring is a naturally hopeful time of year.  The warmer weather, lengthening days, new green shoots and flowers all combine to make us feel a sense of hope.  It […]

12th September 2021- 24th Ordinary Sunday

This is a special day in our church life as we celebrate the ministry of Kat Cowell among us over the last nearly three years. She is heading off on maternity leave from this coming week. (Although, when I say, “heading off”, she is not going far! She and Nigel will still be at their […]

Morning devotion Friday 10th September 2021

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19   These are the first words of Jesus recorded in Mark, and they are overwhelmingly positive words as well. It can sometimes feel hard to find good news. Often this […]

Morning devotion Wednesday 8th September 2021

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6:27-28   As you read these words of Jesus, I wonder what you think and feel? It’s one thing to agree with the sentiment, but […]

Morning devotion Monday 6th September 2021

“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1.16-17   I have been struck by the beauty of these verses, which were read in our services yesterday. The “Father of […]

Morning devotion Monday 30th August 2021

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” —Proverbs 16:3   It has been quipped that everyone who bought a 2020 planner definitely wasted their money.  And if you’d been brave enough to make any plans for 2021, you’ve likely had to adjust them radically, if not throw them out.  […]

5th September 2021- 23rd Ordinary Sunday

This Sunday would have been our confirmation service – the first in around five years – with Bp. Michael Stead. Unfortunately, we had to make the decision back in July to postpone the service. I am looking forward to being able to gather a group of confirmees for 2022. This is also Fathers’ Day. While […]