Category: Ministry matters

Treasure in Jars of Clay

Treasure in jars of clay; I love toy shops! Even in my older age I still have that same thrill, walking in and seeing shelves packed high with goodies – it is a JOY! Later today I’ll wander into East’ and visit our brilliant local toy shops.

Be patient

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart. Jane and I have Rilke’s words on our kitchen notice board – next to that seminal passage of scripture, John. 3. 16. There have been many occasions when we have had to take its wisdom to heart.

Christ reaches out in embrace

Christ reaches out in embrace. This week the General Synod of the Church of England, led by both Archbishops of Canterbury and York, has voted to permit the blessing of same-sex relationships. This is a significant decision of Church doctrine.

God's living Word

God’s living word. I hope and pray that I, and all those preaching God’s living Word this Sunday, will be blessed with the words that need to be said.

Being Human

Being Human four talks based on Living in Love and Faith, the Church of England process which sets out to inspire people to think more deeply about what it means to be human and to live in love and faith with one another.

Excited holiness

The good old CofE commemorated John Bunyan this week – as each day we are invited to be inspired by the lives of those who ‘excited holiness’. What finer man of faith than John Bunyan…

Transform; Afghan refugee visits

It is hard to believe that it is almost two years since Kabul fell to the Taliban and the British government mounted a rescue operation for some 25,000 Afghan interpreters and embassy workers, well over 1,000 of whom found refuge in West Sussex.

Tell the stories of Jesus

‘Who do you say I am?’ Jesus asks his disciples in Sunday’s Gospel (Matt 19.13-19). On Tuesday, a Harbour Churches group were offered a powerful and moving answer to that question. We took part in ‘The Life of Christ’ production at Wintershall.

Look after the people around you

‘Look after the people around you – be kind.’ These were the words spoken by the families of those killed in Nottingham this week. There was deep shock and profound trauma but there was no hatred or anger.

Barnabas fridge art and St Francis

Barnabas fridge art & St Francis; dear friends I’ve just made time in the diary to visit The National Gallery to see the exhibition of artwork inspired by the life of St Francis.

Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit; dear Friends, a very warm invitation to join together to celebrate ‘the birthday of the church’ this Pentecost Sunday…

Empty nest

Empty nest, I feel rather bereft as I sit and tap out another newsletter. This past month it has been a rare delight and privilege to watch from my study desk a nest made, eggs laid, hatched and four chicks grow, fledge and…fly away.

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