January 2017

As we enter the New Year (yet another one I hear you say) and we dust off our resolutions and gather up our resolve to do better things, lose more weight, get fitter, be kinder, more thoughtful, more holy, work harder, I would like to suggest you do all of that in a meditative, thoughtful […]

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December 2016

If November is the month of remembrance December is the month of anticipation. For some it may be eager anticipation – for children the expectations of school days filled with little work as rehearsals are under way for Christmas plays, of school holidays and of much desired gifts at Christmas. As Christians we eagerly look […]

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November 2016

November has become the traditional time for remembrance with All Souls, All Saints Day and Remembrance Sunday in the month. This is also the month in which, with the issuing of the Christmas stamps, for the last 50 years my thoughts turn to my Christmas letter and the events of the past year.   Ever since […]

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October 2016

By the time you read this we will be celebrating and giving thanks for the Harvest. The starting point for Harvest has always been a veneration of and thanksgiving for the natural created order of things. Although the Old Testament prescribes a feast to celebrate the first fruits of the harvest and another to celebrate […]

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September 2016

This is the time of year for new beginnings: young children starting school, older ones venturing into secondary school; young adults commencing at University or beginning a new job. Altogether a challenging time. So how do we cope with these issues? We are all different , so of course we shall each have our own […]

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August 2016

‘Go compare!’ Just one Cornetto!’ ‘A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play!’ ‘Washing machines last longer with Calgon!’ ‘…. with mild, green, Fairy liquid.’ ‘If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit join our Club!’ I’m quite sure that it was impossible to read these advertising slogans without at least […]

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June 2016

Dear Friends One of the things that we all have in common is that there are special “landmarks” in each of our lives. From a tiny baby we have those landmarks of our first tooth, our first words and our first steps. As we grow we have our first day at school, our first date […]

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May 2016

I am currently training to be a Guide at the Cathedral. The course is accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guides so it is not easy. Twelve of us started, I just hope 12 will finish! It irritates me somewhat when people say it was Augustine who brought Christianity to Britain. He brought it to […]

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April 2016

I have spent the last six weeks or so in a cancer ward. Not as some act of ministry or piety but because my wife Alison is there, and will be for several more months. Her prognosis is good, with the aim a complete cure from the lymphoma that has attacked her bones. The damage […]

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March 2016

This month’s article comes from Michael Cooper, member of Coxheath church and National Director of Christian Vision for Men. To celebrate my wife’s ‘significant’ birthday I decided to book us a short break in Iceland (not the one endorsed by Peter Andre). This was a desolate stony expanse of God’s world, haunted by howling winds, […]

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February 2016

In the UK a new record has just been achieved in the pay out on the National Lottery – two winning tickets each collecting 33 million pounds. The Euromillions prize for the upcoming weekend draw is estimated at £61 million. The US Powerball lottery jackpot was £1.04 billion streling. Yes, over a billion pounds. £1,040,000,000. […]

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January 2016

Another year comes round again and with it the thoughts from previous years. One hundred years ago my grandparents got married, seventy five years ago my parents did the same and fifty years ago, on 1st January 1966, I got married. (25 years ago nothing happened!). Strange how figures, numbers and events can form patterns […]

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December 2015

What a year 2015 has been: commencing with Magna Carta there has been a succession of commemorations; The Battle of Britain; a celebration of the end of World War II, Waterloo – even Agincourt! Then of course we always remember the miracle of Dunkirk. Is there anything that we can learn today from these important […]

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November 2015

Dear Friends As a child I remember vividly the rhyme, Remember Remember the 5th of November. As a family we all gathered together to go to an organised firework display, which we rounded up by having a special feast at my mothers house. The menu usually consisted of baked potatoes with many different toppings along […]

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October 2015

I have just returned from a conference at which over 200 clergy gathered in a university campus to worship, pray, discuss and enjoy fellowship around the theme of “Reconciliation” which has been a theme explored in depth by Bishop Brian, Bishop of Tonbridge. We learned that reconciliation is a theme which begins and ends the […]

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September 2015

I have just returned from holiday with Alison, and as well as enjoying some time with the family, we had some time just to ourselves. As part of that we explored a new part of Switzerland (which some of you will know has family connections on Alison’s side and where we visit fairly frequently.) We […]

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August 2015

I am sitting by the open window listening to a sky lark! I have not heard one for ages but years ago there were a number nesting in the fields around and when I was walking the dog I used to try to spot them up in the sky. We had cuckoos, too but I […]

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July 2015

Abide with Me. Watching the FA. Cup Final, I was struck by the enthusiasm of that huge crowd as they joined the ‘fans choir’ to sing ‘Abide With Me.’ It is the favourite hymn of Queen Elizabeth, it has been sung on sinking ships, at major sporting events and at the passing of loved ones. […]

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June 2015

As you read this letter, I will be in a distant land having jetted away for our annual holiday, which reminds me of a story which I now share with you.   Young Jimmy returns home from Sunday School and immediately gets out his toy aeroplane and zooms it around the lounge.  His mum asks […]

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May 2015

Politics matters This month’s pastoral letter draws upon resources from Christians in Politics. I attended a fascinating workshop at the Spring Harvest Conference in April facilitated by CiP. More details from www.christiansinpolitics.org.uk When you read this, the UK will be about to go to one of the most hotly contested elections in living memory. Yet […]

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April 2015

Spring has sprung. The evenings are lighter, the day is longer, the weather is warmer. At least that’s what should be happening at this time of year – along with the April showers which bring refreshment and energy to the growing plants. Life begins to re-emerge and things are all a little greener. (By the […]

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March 2015

The Motherhood of God Reflecting that this is the month of Mothering Sunday I remembered this little story that resonated with my own experience and maybe yours, of being a mother and grandparent, living some distance away with the hope of a card a call or a visit: Sue was glad when the phone rang […]

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February 2015

As I write this, the news is full of the atrocities in France, the subsequent march of over a million people joined by many world leaders, and the consequent government meetings about security. “Je suis Charlie” has been the rallying slogan of the past week or two as the French (and others) seek to identify […]

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January 2015

Another year has gone and a new one lies ahead. Do you look back on 2014 and say ‘Thank God that 2014 is over and I hope next year will be better?’ I know people who do every year and look forward to the New Year as a fresh start, a change of fortune, an […]

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