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  • Belonging to a Group

    Last week many Christians celebrated the final scene of the Christmas story – the visit of three wise men, or kings, to the newly born child Jesus. The gifts that they brought, gold, frankincense and myrrh, stand for three key...

  • 2021 – New Lockdown Life and Hope

    Happy New Year! What an extraordinary Christmas, I hope that you’re refreshed. The nativity story this year somehow has had an added poignancy. We went into our Christmas week of services sharing a communal sadness, that at the last minute...

  • Christmas Eve – Thinking about Mary

    In the last week of advent, in preparation for Christmas day, the church’s year thinks of Mary. The church’s prayer for this week goes as follows: God our Redeemer, Who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of...

  • A Road Map to Love

    As a Presbyterian I have always had a very great respect for the Bible. The way in which the Bible is treated in worship reflects this. It is usually processed in and out of the sanctuary whilst the congregation stands....

  • Light in the Darkness

    During the pandemic visitors to Wells Cathedral have been met with the breath-taking sight of a vast empty space (all the chairs had been taken away) in the middle of which was one single candle – the Easter candle.  It...

  • Momentum

    Despite everything, I am still managing to more-or-less run a 5k every Saturday morning.  In case you are impressed, I should clarify that ‘run’ may be an exaggeration.  Whether a symptom of long Covid or middle age, my average time...

  • Christ the King

    This week, the week before Advent, is the week in the church’s year of Christ the King. I once heard a priest proclaim, at the end of a communion service in the chapel at Lambeth Palace - just across the...

  • Reflection on Remembrance  

    Yesterday, I was on the fifth floor of the library, outside, looking down from the balcony to the parade. Rosie Aston, Chaplaincy Assistant and Theo Edwards, third year student, were with me. We were leading a livestreamed event for Armistice...

  • Stay Positive

    It is good to be with you. I’ll be honest, life is tough isn’t it. We help each other keep going, but there is a continuing barrage of changing news, and the future is uncertain.  And this week there is...

  • Rest, Restore... Return

    Pat and I have recently been away – our first holiday this year. We went to Beauly, North Scotland, via Glencoe, Fort William, the Glenfinnan monument and viaduct (a famous train journey) and Mallaig. Great views across the sea, to...