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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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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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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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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“Blinded by Your Grace” – (March 2019 pastoral letter)

Lord, I’ve been brokenAlthough I’m not worthyYou fixed me, I’m blindedBy your graceYou came and saved me…. My go-to book when I need encouragement or inspiration or when I am just feeling a bit jaded with everything is “What’s so amazing about grace” by Philip Yancey.  “Lovesick...
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