Joy and delight

This week's gospel reading reminds us of Jesus' words: "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."John 15:12 It seems so simple and easy and yet, as those gathered for Zoom Church this morning agreed, it is perhaps not so easy when we think about all of our interactions;... Continue Reading →

Photographic Journal: March

Coffee break Winding roads Lone barn Negative space Prayer Birds Journalling Rare empty desk Fabulous book Steady growth Whiston Working day Yearning for Japan Spring is in the air Window light Serenity of swans Mandarin duck encounter Daffodils Tree cathedral Blooming blossom Anniversary potatoes Rectory garden Bloom Feeding time... Brave soul Sunset Blossom in the... Continue Reading →

Our reflection in others…

Peter the disciple reflected in others Stained glass windows go with the territory of being a priest with a multi-parish benefice. This particular window is a prominent reminder of God’s call on my life - St Peter keeps cropping up along the way. Also though, I can see in myself some of the qualities of... Continue Reading →

A time to examine ourselves

Looking back and looking forwards This week marked the beginning of lent, that time where typically Christians enter into a time of self-examination and penitence. As I prepared for a short online Ash Wednesday service, I was reminded of how much we have all sacrificed over the last twelve months...when thinking about 'giving something up,'... Continue Reading →

The Kitchen Table

There I stood at the door unaware my presence was already known, confused that I was expected, yet basking in the scent of baking bread beckoning me home. The cooking pot on the stove was larger than I had ever seen, animatedly exhaling the scent of pure love, bowed adoration bubbling from within. The radio... Continue Reading →

From Sin to Pride…

Last weekend I watched Channel 4’s new five-part drama It’s a Sin and was incredibly moved by it - the emotion has really stayed with me throughout the week. The fact that the national response to AIDS was happening in my childhood was not lost on me, and I found myself looking on YouTube for... Continue Reading →

Holy Ground

This is Holy Ground I came across this sign whilst walking near a memorial in a local park...it made me wonder, what is more holy about the ground where we memorialise compared with the ground which we tread each day...? Last summer I went to a conference for people from a more catholic tradition who... Continue Reading →

Community Snake

Signs of hope and building community We were quite intrigued to hear that a snake had been put in the wood where we regularly walk...I almost tried to find somewhere else to walk, as for a few seconds I wasn’t quite sure whether it was real and alive! When we came across Samson the snake,... Continue Reading →

A Hidden Community

Tree of life Some time ago now I was really inspired by Peter Wohlleben's The Hidden Life of Trees within which he explains what happens out of sight, how trees form community, how the stronger look after the weaker trees - even when they are different species. I find myself drawn back to some of... Continue Reading →

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