Tag Archives: Minstead

Refiners Fire – burning away the ‘slag’ (Zeph 3:14-end, Phil 4:4-7 and Luke 3:7-18)

Once upon a time I was the youngest campanologist in the county. We had three bells in All Saints Church, Minstead, but there’s not much that you can do with three – the mathematical patterns that make up a peel … Continue reading

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Minstead Past and Present – New Exhibition 13th-14th April 2013

Minstead’s Local History Group are making their fascinating exhibitions a bi-annual event and the next one is at the end of the Easter holiday period at Minstead Village Hall. For me, it’s about a place, and people, I’ve known all … Continue reading

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Life and Lives Lived – a fresh expression of All Saints and Souls?

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of sharing in ‘A Service Celebrating Life and Lives Lived’ at All Saints, Minstead in the New Forest. The village church was filled with light and colour as people from all over the area … Continue reading

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Service for the Celebration of Pentecost

On Pentecost Sunday I had the privilege of leading and preaching at the church of All Saints, Minstead (at the invitation of the incumbent Revd Dr James Bruce). This was the church in which I was baptised, confirmed and married. … Continue reading

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An unusual Mothers’ Union banner – All Saints Minstead

Mothers’ Union banners are often seen in churches around the country. The older ones tend to show lilies, and/or a representation of Mary with Jesus. The more modern one’s often reflect images of modern family life, perhaps combined with the … Continue reading

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When is a phonebox not a phonebox? When it’s an information exchange!

I remember student competitions to see how many people you can get in a phonebox, but this is something quite different! Since I re-tweeted a couple of weeks ago a BBC News story about the new use that locals in … Continue reading

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Minstead Past and Present – this weekend!

Over the last 12 months or so, I have been helping my father put together his part of an exhibition about the history of the village I grew up in: Minstead. Minstead is famous for several things, including famous past … Continue reading

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A talkative angel… at Christmas

It’s funny how sermons can change… I barely mentioned donkey’s on Christmas morning! And I’d been led to believe the smallish congregation wouldn’t have many kids… and of the nearly 40 people 18 were children… at least 8 of them … Continue reading

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Sparce Christmas and no donkey

One of the decisions we made early on in the building process, was that we would not have any Christmas decorations up this year – so no tree, only a few cards up (the one permanent string that hangs cards … Continue reading

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