Rector's Blog

Taking stock

Dear All, Very soon we will most of us be getting used to a faster pace of life again.  How does that sound to you? For some, I realise the pace of life has never slowed.  In fact, if you are a working parent with children being home-schooled, or a key-worker on extra...

Happy 2020

Dear All, "Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, …but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5 : 7 – 8  NIV) This is a motto verse that David Bate has very kindly offered to make into a...

God is with us!

I had to pinch myself the other day, to make sure that what I had experienced wasn’t a dream, but had truly happened.  It was a day when I had received some professional training.  During the course, I realised afresh that for many people, their working...

God in our Mess

Dear All, Earlier this year I had the huge privilege of taking a 3 month sabbatical.  My wife and I were able to travel to Russia, where she had worked for a missionary agency for 13 years.  Also to Canada, where she had spent an important 2 years of her childhood....

Wake up!

Recently I was doing some dabbling around in the historical links between Frenchay and William Penn, founder of the colony of Pennsylvania.  One of my sources mentioned that the naming of Pennsylvania was actually attached to his father’s name (Admiral Sir William...

One in Christ

Dear All, As you read this blog, 2019 is well underway. Time, in fact, to join the Alpha Course running at Begbrook Social Club if you so desired. Why might you consider doing this?  ‘Discipleship’ is the journey of faith that means maturity, fulfilment, generous...

Carol singing on the Rock

Dear All,This last Christmas we joyfully ‘rent the air asunder’, as the carol, Good King Wenceslas, has it. We gathered in the Redrow showhomes and on the grassy verge. A few days later, we were invited by the Beckspool committee to gather and celebrate...

Book Repair

Dear All, Have you ever embarked on a project which you thought straight-forward, only to discover some way into it that it was far from straight-forward? This was certainly my experience rebinding a book at home following the flour, water and tissue paper method…say...

Prayer for Peace Service

  Dear All, We live in an age when pilgrimage is back in fashion.  The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St James, had as one of its main ancient departure points in this country a parish church where I served for a while as a minister: St James,...

Fishing from still waters

As a fairly recent arrival to the area I with my wife Kath and our dog have to agree that Fishponds ‘really is quite nice!’ I was intrigued to read of the origin of the name ‘Fishponds’ and further interested to learn that the only remaining old quarry, filled with...