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A call to sacrifice

Dear All, NOVEMBER – a month which, at Frenchay Church, includes a Confirmation Service and an act of Remembrance. I don’t mean to forget other events that are taking place, but these 2 services have something in common – SACRIFICE. Sacrifice is not a popular word in our culture. For many in our day, life […]


Irma vs Bach

Dear All, It is easy to move on from news items a month old.  But I would like us to stay with hurricane Irma, breaking upon Barbuda and parts of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti in early September.  Besides, the aftermath is very much with the people affected.  Not only loss of […]

Resting Pastry

Recently I had the opportunity to make some apple and blackberry pies.  The tree outside was shedding apples, the bushes were producing berries galore.  I had the old-fashioned cookery book open in the kitchen, and duly followed its advice to refrigerate the dough before stretching it out below, around and above the apple and blackberries.  […]

Psalm 46

Rector’s Blog July 2017

Dear All, During the week of writing this blog, the same week in which the Grenfell Tower block in West London went up in flames, a member of the parish showed me this prayer they had picked up when visiting the bishop’s palace at Wells : Gracious God, We pray for peace in our communities […]


Rector’s Blog April 2017

Dear All, How has your period of special listening and learning been, I wonder, during Lent?  I have been made to think back to study groups that I was part of many years ago, and how when describing the ministry of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, we thought of two main headings: teaching and […]