Category Archives: ministry

Be heroes of hope – Matthew 9:35-10:8 and Romans 5:1-8

Today has been the last time for the foreseeable future in which I will support the North Hampshire Downs Benefice before my deployment to Eversley. All ‘lasts’ are tough, but after a week visiting the battlefields of Flanders to a … Continue reading

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Growing in new ground: deployed curacy

I wrote my last essay two weeks ago, handed in my training portfolio a week ago, and today it was announced that I am on the move, ministerially speaking. I see the Bishop to conclude the formal element of my … Continue reading

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Praying in Advent through five festivals

Regular readers will be aware that I’m currently on placement in the North Hampshire Downs Benefice. One of the mini-projects that I’ve been focusing on is leading the prayer element of a couple of Prayer Suppers in the Parish of … Continue reading

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If Jesus chose to return today? An Advent reflection

I’ve been preparing some Advent materials, and in doing so found this old reflection, dated November 2006, so as I started Reader Training and before this blog was started! It is by way of a response to the following questions: … Continue reading

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Luke 7:36-8:3 Serving and being served #HMQ90

On the occasion of national celebrations for Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday, I found my self covering a service of Holy Communion in a parish a mere five minutes from my home, rather than the usual 25 minute drive to Old … Continue reading

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Lenten Array (Sarum use) at St. Mary’s Old Basing

I was brought up with Lent being marked by church furnishings and vestments in a deep purple colour, the same as are used in Advent (and by some for funeral services). St. Mary’s Old Basing and Lychpit however is a … Continue reading

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Reflection on Mary of Magdala (John 20)

Presiding in celebration of a Saint for the first time today, so needed to come up with some reflections on St. Mary Magdalene: Mary of Magdala, Mary Magdalene. The woman we remember today has had so much imposed upon her … Continue reading

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Has Facebook banned the use of religious titles? NO, it hasn’t. Here’s why, and how to use yours!

This morning a Change.org petition started doing the rounds among my Facebook friends which seemed to suggest that Facebook had created a “law” that stops religious leaders (implying in particular, Christian ones), from using their appropriate title. The warning was … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Coming One – Advent Sunday 2014

I wonder how much we really look forward to Christmas? Honestly now?! I can see some wry grins… I didn’t think so. You’re possibly not the only ones! Preparations. Hard work. A mad gallop of events to cram into the diary, … Continue reading

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How do you talk about God with pre-school children? Prayers and Bears!

There’s something about ministry that means you end up with challenges you never expected to face. Leading a ‘Pram Service’ for pre-school children once a month is high on my current list of challenges. It’s name was the first challenge … Continue reading

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