Back Story

Dear friends, For us this has been quite an eventful September, with many new experiences as I get around both the church and the area fellowship and meet new friends and re-connect with old ones. All of us have a story, these days if you are a fan of the[…]

The Known & Unknown Folk

I keep on getting emails suggesting that by paying £4 a month, I can pre-pay for my funeral, whenever that may be. In the advert is a picture of a family taking a ‘selfie’ and really enjoying it. What are they celebrating I ask? Is it the passing of dear[…]

Being Local

Capernaum, Bethsaida, Chorazin, Nazareth, Gennesaret, these are the small towns in Galilee where Jesus was based and began his ministry. He would, of course, go to Jerusalem. There he would debate with the priests, challenge the power of the Temple, and become a political threat to be arrested, humiliated and[…]


On the 4th. July, our American Cousins will be celebrating ‘Independence Day’, when they ceased to be a British Colony and became the ‘Land of the Free’. Ten days later, on Bastille Day, the French will be celebrating their Revolution, which established Equality, Fraternity and Liberty as the foundations of[…]

On Your Own Terms

Some years ago I started collecting recordings of pianists. I’ve always enjoyed piano music, so I decided to find out why, I decided to compare pianists and see who was best. I bought lots of CDs, old LPs, even 78s. Multiple versions of the same pieces. I listened and listened.[…]

Looking Back!

I am writing this in the week following Easter. Looking back over the past week, it has been for a me, a significant time at Church. The Cantata on Palm Sunday, the ‘different‘- meal on Maundy Thursday and the happy Easter Sunday Morning Service. It gave me opportunity to live[…]

Reading the Bible Is?

Many of the patients I see in the hospital have difficulty reading. They often ask for bibles. Gideons give us bibles to hand out to patients, and patients may know this, or it may be a way for them to say they are Christian: “Can you give me a bible,[…]


By the time you read this, we shall be half way through the period of Lent. By tradition, this is when the Church remembers the forty days that Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted. This year it started on 18th February, which was Ash Wednesday. In days long ago,[…]

The Meeting

I’ve been to several Quaker Sunday services, or meetings as they call them. Once no one said anything for the whole hour. Another time most of the sixty minutes were filled with talking. On one occasion the hour dragged (not the completely silent one, surprisingly) and on another it sped[…]

Many Thanks

I find it very difficult to say “Thank you”. This is not because I am ungrateful, but because I hate seeming to be patronising. ‘Brucie’ has got patronising down to a fine art with his “Didn’t he do well”. At the end of January we are to have our Church[…]