The Cake (February 2019 pastoral letter)

It was at a leaders meeting when Steve spoke about a ‘picture’ brought by Hazel.  At the time I didn’t know what the picture was because I hadn’t been at that particular meeting. This was his interpretation of it. He said it made him think of a cake,...
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Car crash! (January 2019 pastoral letter)

A few days ago, I was the first on-scene at a road traffic accident in Great Bentley. It happened at the notorious staggered junction outside ‘The Court House’. I had just arrived at the junction and had slowed to see if the road was clear for me to pull out. As I looked to my...
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Arrivals! (December 2018 pastoral letter)

A few days ago, I found myself supping coffee and watching the goings-on inside Heathrow Airport’s International Arrivals hall.  We were there to collect my father-in-law returning from the Middle East where he had visited family. Traffic en-route had been light, so we had time...
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I want more! (November 2018 pastoral letter)

One of the most famous lines from any film or musical has to be, “Please sir, I want some more.” from the 1968 musical drama ‘Oliver’.  The young orphan finds himself growing up in the workhouse.  In this renowned scene Oliver has the audacity not to be content for the meagre...
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Signs of change? (October 2018 pastoral letter)

They say a leopard can’t change its spots.  Well, apparently the same is not true for fish!  Last year, ten fish successfully spawned in our pond. Two were multi-coloured but the remaining eight were uniformly black.   Whilst they grew over the year, their colour remained...
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BOOK REVIEW: My Heart’s Cry by Anne Graham Lotz

Anne Graham Lotz is the daughter of the American Evangelist Billy Graham, so comes from a good pedigree. She, along with other members of her family follow in her father’s footsteps in preaching and teaching from national and international stages. This book is about her...
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Ears to hear (August 2018 pastoral letter)

Early this morning I was sitting at the end of the garden having some time out with God.  As I sat in the cool stillness of the morning, mulling over the words I had just read, I became aware of an almost imperceptible chewing sound somewhere behind me. I glanced around but saw...
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Parable of the three pheasants

Our Steve laughed when I told him about Fiona our wild pheasant that eats from my hand.   Well let’s share the parable of the three pheasants. Fiona: the female, shy to a degree, skittish if you move too fast, but very slowly we have built up her trust up to the point where...
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Finding our place (July 2018 pastoral letter)

A few weeks ago, Laurinda and I visited the Mercantour National Park, in the French Alps.  One of the highlights was a day at Alpha Loup Wolf Park, where wild wolf packs are kept in their natural habitat.  It was opened in 2005 following the natural return of wolves to the region...
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The significance of being known by name! (June 2018 pastoral letter)

In these gloriously sunny days recently, when I needed a break from sermons, admin and GDPR especially, I have tended to make a cuppa and pop outside to clear my head.  I love to sit by the pond and feed and chat to ‘the boys’ – the sixteen fish in the pond.  Incidentally,...
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