Monthly Archives: September 2011

Last Swallows of Summer (and other news)

It looks like the Swallows left before summer had had it’s last gasp! It’s now just over a week since I last saw Swallows heading South-East across the heath at the back of Blackbushe Airport. For the sake of the … Continue reading

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Making Connections at #gb11 and beyond

Well I’ve come to the final post reflecting on what I gained from attending half of Greenbelt 2011. Basically it was all down to making connections. Some of those connections involved styles of worship, ideas for community, and fresh theological … Continue reading

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Needing to use the gate – John 10:1-10

I find preaching to a small congregation of people who have been committed Christians for decades one of the most difficult things to do. I want to give them something fresh, and something that might encourage them in what for … Continue reading

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Thoughts from hearing about ‘New Monasticism’ at #gb11

I had not really registered the term “new monasticism” before I went to Greenbelt. I initially considered going to “New Monasticism: is it all hype or refriaring the church?”because I’d started reading the “The Hospitality of God” co-written by Bishop … Continue reading

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Motherhood and media coverage – surely not all negative?

I’ve just posted this advert on the website of Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Winchester. Obviously my involvement as a Trustee means I’ve known it’s been coming up for some while, and yes, I’m expecting to be there. But, … Continue reading

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Twitter and Facebook – how I value both! #fb

There was me catching up on 130+ posts by other bloggers via my Google Reader, trying to skim through what everyone else wrote about Greenbelt, and life since. I was minding my only business… well other peoples really… … only … Continue reading

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What have we been given? John 6:25-40

This weekend we have had our Flower Festival. This year the theme was the “I am” sayings of Jesus in John’s Gospel, and our new vicar (who didn’t arrive till after we set the theme) got us to start a … Continue reading

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Chiming or clanging bell? Rob Bell at #gb11

Rob Bell was the speaker at Greenbelt who I though I ‘ought’ to go and listen to. I seemed to remember he’d written something controversial not that long ago, but I couldn’t remember what. I still can’t. In the end, … Continue reading

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We have a new Diocesan Bishop (designate)

Well, for once I am surprised by the speed at which the Church of England has moved. It’s not often us Anglican’s can say that, but in the matter of appointing a new Diocesan Bishop to the See of Winchester, … Continue reading

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Beyond the grave at #gb11

I’ve spent much of my ministry as a Reader in the last 12 months focusing on the funeral ministry here at St Peter’s, developing my ministry in this field alongside helping to nurture the parish’s during our recent vacancy. Though … Continue reading

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