The first time I met Effie Osmond, who many of you will remember as a stalwart of our Church community, former post-mistress and a character in the finest of English traditions, I visited her in hospital. I was new to this wonderful parish and I entered with some trepidation, Effie’s reputation cut quite a wake… Continue reading Who, Who are you, ahhhh
I’ve thought long and hard about posting on this issue. Too often people who raise their heads above the parapet on the issue of human sexuality are shot down in proverbial flames of ‘Christian love’ and castigated for either being a wishy-washy liberal or an extreme conservative bigot. I hope I am neither. I have come a… Continue reading Horse & Carriage
Readings: Galatians 3:21-29, John 20:1-18 I wonder how your week has been. I wonder how you feel as you come to worship today? Sometimes it’s hard as we gather here to remember why we do it. Why we get together and what it’s all for. Sometimes the issues and difficulties of our lives crowd in… Continue reading Synod, Suffragans & Sermons. Talk 25th November 2012
The past three weeks have been exciting here at St M’s. Taking the opportunity afforded us by a Community Remembrance Service in the village hall on the 11th we embarked on a long over-due renovation and redecoration of the Church building. For two solid weeks a team of volunteers rallied and enabled by one couple specifically,… Continue reading Who leads the Church?
Well, that’s done for another 10 years, and if rumour is to be believed possibly for good. The UK census 2011 has been done and submitted online in this house at least. I am not usually a census neigh-sayer nor do I get overly excited at the opportunity to fill in the form every decade. … Continue reading Reaching a con-Census
Well, ICANN the internet domain overseeing organisation has finally given permission the top-level domain .xxx to be registered and used. The arguments for and against this move have been wheeled out again and again over the years as ICANN has dragged its feet on making this decision for some time. In fact its a debate I can remember having way back in… Continue reading The XXX-Factor
I’m reading a book. It’s quite an old book too. OK, not old in the annals of publishing, but old considering how fast Christian paperbacks seem to age and fall out of favour! The book is called Signs and Blunders by Rev’d Peter Lawrence who until his death a couple of years ago, ministered up… Continue reading Mother Father Tongue