People watching on the No. 1 bus

People watching is such a rewarding experience. One comes to realise what a wonderful, imaginative God we serve. The infinite variety and combination of features, colouring, stature and sense of style that walks by in say Heathrow airport departure lounge or from behind the...
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Blooming moles!

Some of you may think I have a small issue with moles.   You’re wrong!   I have a major issue with the little beasties chopping up my lawns back and front. Walking across my front lawn is like stepping out onto a trampoline.  It seems like most of the surface moves. Well I have a...
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Making the grade

As I sit to write this article, wondering how it will eventually come together, many young people across our nation, and indeed around the world, are wondering how their futures will come together.  It is GCSE results day.  For many young people, this is the day which will...
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A day of great rejoicing at Rowhedge

Mariner’s Chapel was buzzing last Saturday.  It was a hive of activity as representatives from the Eastern Baptist Association, Spurgeon’s Bible College, Colchester Baptist Church, the Rowhedge Anglican Church, Parsons Heath Baptist Church and members of Mariners Chapel gathered...
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Be confident

Steve was talking about birdies like he does sometimes and he asked me to say something about our pheasant. I thought about the way he hides in the undergrowth and watches the house for signs of movement and only then does he come out of hiding.   He is gradually building up...
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Footloose in Constable Country or Far From the Madding Crowd

It was just meant to be a walk by the river and a picnic in Dedham, but it turned into a voyage of discovery. The river to the right of the road was a hive of activity, laughter and fun; canoes and rowboats; walkers and lively children. So we went left. Sorry Steve. (See his...
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Navigating the river of life

On Saturday friends from Norwich came over for a bit of lunch and to enjoy some time in our kayak on the River Stour at Dedham. The weather was warm and sunny, the water was calm, and everyone had a great time. Of course, the idea of a gentle paddle along a quiet slow-moving...
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The oyster

Do you find it annoying when something or someone ‘gets under your skin’? Well we could all learn a lesson from the oyster that turns an irritating foreign body into something beautiful – a pearl.     I read this poem recently: This tale has a moral – for isn’t it grand,What an...
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Jesus calls for action

Jesus tells us in the gospels to “do”.  “Jesus went about doing good” (Acts 10 v 38).  He told us to:  shine, forgive, love everyone, take up your cross, follow, come, go, give, make disciples, pray and fast privately, to watch and pray, to resist temptation, to bear o...
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Behold! (June 2019 pastoral letter)

If anyone was to ask me which of all the birds that God created is my favourite, I would have to say the sparrow. What?? Not the bluetit? – look at those colours! Not the woodpecker? – a flamboyant fisherman! Not the eagle? – flying high and soaring on the...
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