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‘Come to me…’

Tuesday saw us return from a wonderful week long break in Devon. It was everything we hoped it would be. It was a week of total switch off, the first for me in eight months, and I hadn’t realised just how much it was needed. Of course, any busy person returning from a break will […]

Doing things differently

I am currently sitting in the quiet of my son’s home in Devon. It is a lovely barn conversion in a coastal hamlet, only metres from the hotel he manages. It is secluded and it is silent, other than bird song, and I am enjoying the spectacular views and a much needed retreat from parish […]

Beginning difficult conversations

The idea of beginning difficult conversations is being promoted daily by the BBC. The phase can be seen regularly between programmes and follows documentaries where celebrities such as Freddie Flintoff and Nadiya Hussain, who both feature in the advert, have opened up frankly and honestly about their own mental health struggles. For years, mental health […]

What a week!

From Ruby Wedding celebrations to Pub Car park worship: To say it’s been quite a week is a bit of an understatement! I didn’t post last Sunday, due to the fact that Mick and I were busy celebrating our Ruby Wedding Anniversary – 40 years! We had the most wonderful day, renewing our wedding vows […]

What a privilege!

I’ve always believed that walking alongside people and meeting them where they are to be at to be the very core of my ministry. I don’t think this approach detracts from traditional church centred Parish ministry; not at all, I believe it complements it. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve had some amazing conversations […]

Not quite the Easter morning we expected…

This morning began gloriously. There were more people in church than we’ve had so far since conducting ‘live’ worship with so many new ‘regulars’, plus the return of some well-loved faces; those who have not ventured out in months but chose today, after having their vaccinations to return to church. I must say that to […]

‘How are you? How are you, really?’ Part 2

I didn’t intend to write a ‘Part 2’, but then so much has happened over the past few days that I wanted to share. Last week, I felt it was important that we ask not only ‘How are you?’ but follow it up with that second question: ‘How are you really?’, following the powerful documentary […]

Why do clergy need to keep fit?

Did you know that clergy, in general, suffer higher rates of obesity, arthritis, heart problems, high blood pressure and mental health problems and stress than many other professions? Many clergy find it is so very difficult to maintain a work/life balance. I am a Priest for the Church of England contracted to work two days […]

Just a mum?

Have you ever heard somebody say, ‘I’m just a mum?’ I certainly have! This weekend we celebrate ‘Mothering Sunday’ and I use that term, rather than ‘Mothers Day’, deliberately. ‘Mothering Sunday’ goes back centuries to a tradition where people visited their home, or ‘Mother’ church, to give thanks, on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It […]

Doing the right thing…

The past few days have definitely been challenging, and as I begin to write, I know there are more days like this ahead. Life is sometimes like that; it throws things at us we are not prepared for and we have to rise to the challenge, or sink, it’s as simple as that. The challenge […]