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Harvest prayers #VisitorChaplain #WinchesterCathedral

One of the particularly lovely bits of my monthly cycle of ministry is acting as a Visitor’s Chaplain at Winchester Cathedral. My normal pattern of activity during a shift is to perambulate the Cathedral, chatting to fellow volunteers (often guides) … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage in Prayer – Luke 11:1-13

To All Saints, Tunworth and St. Lawrence, Weston Patrick today, and I’m reflecting too on the end of the school year, when in St. Mary’s Old Basing, we always host Pilgrimage Day for the Year 6’s. I’m then intending to ramble the … 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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Intercessions for Christmas Morning 2013

Here are the intercessions I have written for the service I will be attending on Christmas morning with my family. They are based, very loosely, on those labelled H5 in Christmas material in Common Worship Times and Seasons, with the … Continue reading

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Gates, stiles and openings… as prayer stations

I grew up opening gates, unlocking barriers, and sometimes climbing over fences that had no other means of being navigated. That was part of life as the daughter of a Head Keeper in the New Forest, at any chance I … Continue reading

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What do you pray aloud before a sermon?

I’m back preaching on Sunday, for the first time in 10 months. I’m back in a proper pulpit for the first time since… I can’t remember when. In my present church, we usually preach from a little portable lectern on … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as a distinctive Benedictine spirituality?

Those who know of my regular visits to Alton Abbey won’t be overly surprised to discover my first portfolio, which has to be about prayer and ministerial formation, has a Benedictine focus. The title of the main essay is: How … Continue reading

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Prayer for a passionate life

As I enter life as an ordinand, what am I seeking in prayer? I am seeking to be filled with more passion. A passion for Jesus – an understanding of his saving grace that animates me and engages my emotions … Continue reading

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Mothers’ Union members living with the consequences of Joseph Kony

The Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Winchester (of which I’m currently a Trustee) is linked through the Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer to members in Kitgum, an area of Northern Uganda that lived for decades under the influence of … Continue reading

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Journeying into a place of shelter this #Advent (using Psalm 91)

Advent is a time of preparation. Preparation to understand afresh what it means to us now that Christ came into the world as a tiny helpless baby. Preparation as a minister, to make others welcome at Christ’s Nativity as they … Continue reading

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