Posts from 2017
Sun Dec 24 2017
Diary

The following is the text of my sermon at Midnight mass today. Well, we’re nearly there, the wait is almost over! I don’t know if your household is anything like mine, but we’ve all been getting really excited as Christmas has drawn closer – and my younger son even wanted to set up a “santa-cam” in his bedroom so that he could catch Father Christmas filling his stocking! But I don’t know if it has ever struck you as odd to have this huge celebration now – at this time of year? I mean, here we are – it’s literally […]

Thu Nov 30 2017
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Sometimes certain words or phrases sometimes leap out, and niggle away at you – and at least some of the time this is God trying to draw our attention to something; what might be called a┬ákairos moment. I have had two such incidences in recent weeks, both around the idea of busyness and rest. Kairos is a shorthand way of saying just the right thing at just the right time. For instance, harvest is a kairos time – when the fruit is ripe and ready to be picked. The first moment was a phrase I read somewhere (and I can’t […]

Sun Nov 12 2017
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At this time of year we do a lot of remembering. We remember those who have gone before in the faith at All Saints and All Souls, we remember the Bonfire Plot, and of course – yesterday and today – we particularly remember those who gave their lives in the Great Wars. This year we have also been remembering the Reformation, 500 years after it “started” in Wittenberg. Death is a part of life, and will come to us, and those we love, sooner and later. One of the privileges the church has is to mourn alongside those who grieve, […]

Mon Nov 06 2017
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I recently had the privilege of preparing and baptising two babies at church, and I could not have asked for a pair of more lovely families or babies for my first time. Both sets of parents showed such generosity in welcoming me into their homes, as we thought about baptism together, and then entrusted me with their precious child while I poured water over him or her!! Little T. and R. were absolutely delightful too, and were very kind in not screaming/throwing up/poo-ing in my arms (not that those things would have mattered, of course, but I’m still glad they […]

Tue Oct 24 2017
DiaryFood

Most of my new posts are going on what is turning out to be my main blog. So, here are some pictures of a Danger Mouse cake.

Mon Oct 23 2017
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Earlier this year, I took my two boys to Harrogate Theatre to see Dick and Dom (from CBBC). Inevitably, perhaps, I was volunteered to go up on stage to play some daft game. Of course, the whole point of these games is that the parent is (a) hapless, and (b) ridiculed in front of several hundred people, especially his or her own children. Fortunately I have plenty of practice at both of these things. However, one thing I did chicken out of was saying that I was training to be a vicar, at least in part because I hadn’t really […]

Sun Oct 01 2017
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One of the things I am getting used to is being out and about with a dog collar on. I should say that at this point that wearing a clerical shirt and a collar doesn’t sit particularly comfortably with my theology of ordination, priesthood, and ministry – but that’s a topic for another day (and in any case is still a work in progress)! What has been interesting though is that, in a very small way, people’s behaviour around me appears to be influenced by the fact that I am wearing a dog collar. It seems to me that people […]

Tue Sep 05 2017
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It struck me yesterday, as I was doing some ironing, that Christian ministry is a little bit like ironing (bear with me!)… The obvious analogies didn’t strike me at first (more on them in a mo), it was simply that I had half-an-hour, I ironed solidly for that whole time, starting with the most pressing (boom boom), and then I stopped. At the end of it, the ironing basket was still full of clothes which needed ironing, but that was my ironing slot over. This may sound perfectly normal to you, but it is almost entirely contrary to my nature! […]

Wed Jul 26 2017
DiaryPhotography

I seem to be in a bit of a macro phase at the moment – my 100mm macro lens is a permanent fixture on my camera! I love how you can draw out both intricacy and abstraction by getting that close in, especially with flowers and plants (as you may have noticed). Head on over to the 365 to see what I mean.

Wed Jul 26 2017
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I preached my first sermon at St Mark’s on Sunday, at the 7pm service! Always nice to get a ‘first’ in the bag. One of the challenges that I’m finding around being a new curate – especially at a church as large as St Mark’s, and even more especially as a self-supporting minister – is working out where and how I (and my family) fit into the life of the church. On the one hand, just turning up on a Sunday and sitting in the congregation doesn’t really feel like the point; on the other hand, I’m still learning the […]