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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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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A recipe for success (May 2018 pastoral letter)

It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  What would your choice be for both great taste and the best start possible?  I used to be a strictly cereal man, with an occasional full English breakfast on holiday, but things have changed.  Thanks to the...
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Sharing my treasure (April 2018 pastoral letter)

So far, this year is promising unexpected and huge income for me.  In the past month I have had three promises of large sums of money.  On 22nd Feb I had an email from a Mrs Williams, who being close to death has offered to transfer to me 20.5 million dollars.  This is for me to...
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How many tea bags does it take to make a cup of tea? (March 2018 pastoral letter)

As I sit down to write this article with kettle of water freshly boiled and tea bag now floating in hot water, the answer seems simple; just one.  That said, my father-in-law is happy to have all the tea bags used to make other’s cups to be added to his own.  This gives it that...
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At your service! (January 2018 pastoral letter)

This morning my shiny new AA cards dropped through the letterbox.  The enclosed documentation was quick to remind me that I am now a Gold member, no less, and that this comes with benefits.  I hasten to add it also comes at a cost!  The paperwork was colourful and glossy and...
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A road marked out! (December 2017 pastoral letter)

Life for residents of Ardleigh is about to get a ‘hole’ lot better! As indeed, for anyone driving to and from the village along the road which passes our church building.  I don’t know when it will happen, but the signs are there – on the road marked out in white paint! A...
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What have you got in your hands?

You have a personal relationship with the one true living God.  You have His perspective when you loo k at the world. You have the gift of prayer knowing that God is listening to you.  You have your own story to share with others Maybe you feel you have nothing to offer. You are...
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Horses and a black and white life! (November 2017 pastoral letter)

What a unique weekend I have just experienced.  In my previous 10 years of ministry I have not once had dealings with horses – well Parsons Heath is hardly Texas!  Yet, in the past 3 days I encountered horses as part of two completely unrelated events. Yesterday, Debbie and...
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