Monthly Archives: November 2009

Winchester cut the budget – but the buck stops where?

An update from my previous story about the need for Winchester Diocese to cut £1million from its budget because parishes couldn’t increase their giving because of the recession. The Church Times Blog posted to say the cuts had been passed, … Continue reading

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Values, Vision… and Elephants!

I had my first adventure into the life of our Parochial Church Council earlier this month. This was something I’d avoided in church life for the last 22 years – my only previous experience is as a co-opted youth member … Continue reading

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Will Winchester cut £1m of ministry?

I feel as someone who lives and ‘ministers’ in the Diocese of Winchester that I need to make some record that, thanks to the Church Times blog (subscribers only I think) I am now aware what form of response my … Continue reading

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Ephesians 6:10-20 – Armour of God

This term, one of my collegues and I have been nurturing a new homegroup. Back in our Summer for our Reader Training module on Faith and Daily Life, we each had to run a 6 week study course, and after … Continue reading

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Present Percussion for Christmas

My son has long been a fan of junk percussion and at Junior School played a kitchen sink to great acclaim… complete with the water running out the plughole at the end! This however, has to be “present percussion” and … Continue reading

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Chaos in the house

Currently I am feel more surrounded by chaos than I have for at least 11 years – that will be when we moved house to Yateley in 1998! The builders are working hard, all the walls are prepared for plastering, … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Isaiah 2:1-5

Been a bit creative this week:wrote a reflection and a short act of confession and commitment based on Isaiah 2:1-5 I used them today as part of Mothers’ Union Monthly Service in the Epiphany Chapel of Winchester Cathedral. Was reasonably … Continue reading

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What a difference a week makes

Obviously it wasn’t sensible to advertise our absense in advance, but we actually got away from the builders completely last week by going to Withypool on Exmoor. We spent the week at Bridge Cottage, literally on the banks of the … Continue reading

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