The silver birch tree (March 2020 pastoral letter)

God said: “Let the earth put forth grass, seed producing plants and fruit trees, each bearing its own kind of seed-bearing fruit on the earth. ” and that is how it was…and God saw that it was good.   Genesis 1:12 I cannot remember when it was that I first became...
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Something New (January 2020 pastoral letter)

My reflection at the start of this year comes from my sense of what God is inviting us to discover and enjoy with him this year.  However, the illustration comes from a moment enjoyed by Sandra unexpectedly a few weeks ago.  The stunning image below captured that...
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Rejected or Restored? (December 2019 pastoral letter)

My father spent his life working as an engineer. Based on his professional experience he would often say, “They don’t make them like they used to.” In the last two weeks my experience of modern electrical items persuades me he was not wrong. Firstly, there was the carpet cleaner....
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What would be good for you? (November 2019 pastoral letter)

I was reflecting recently on how the process of making choices changes depending on whether we are alone or in company.  If alone, we choose because we have a personal bias or preference for one thing over another.  If deciding what to eat, we might choose Italian...
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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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