Rector's Blog

June Blog

The Waiting Room     Dear All, Usually I reserve a theme of ‘waiting’ to the Advent season, just before Christmas.  Somehow, though, this seems an apt moment to renew this theme, at the mid-point in the year. We have waited a long time, it seems, to...

May Blog

Dear All, Occasionally when on an ordinary walk, I come across the extraordinary.  Do you find this as well?  An ordinary dog walk one autumn morning on the edge of Kings Weston ancient fort, and I stopped dead in my tracks.  A piece of art figured itself on my...

April Blog

Light in the Darkness   Dear All, As I write, Mr. Putin’s forces are on their 13th day of invasion in Ukraine.  The signs are that a very courageous resistance has been made so far.  Ever since waking up to hear the news on 24th February, I have sensed the world...

February Blog

Dear All, February may be thought of as a time of hibernation, or a time of early Spring growth.  I suppose it may depend on your mood, whether you are having to isolate for health reasons, or if there’s snow and ice about. As part of the Frenchay community, serving...

January Blog

Dear All, A very happy New Year to you all! I write this letter on St Stephen’s Day, 26th Dec.  ‘Good King Wenceslas’ was one of the carols we sang in the morning.  It begins, ‘Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen.’ It goes on to describe how the...

Christmas 2021

Dear All, Arise, shine!   For your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Look! Darkness shall cover the earth, And thick darkness cover the peoples;  But the Lord will arise upon you,  And His glory shall be seen upon you! I don’t know whether...

Stand firm

Dear All, I was sitting in doors watching a fishing boat make its way out of the Camel estuary and into the north Cornwall (Atlantic) sea recently.  It made me feel slightly queasy just observing it from some half mile away.  My memories of mackerel fishing trips in...

Lifting the burden

  Jesus said, ‘Come to me all who labour and are heavy laden’. What might it mean for a someone does not yet follow Christ or come to church, to ‘come to Jesus’? How does a person find Jesus today?  What does Jesus have to offer to the person who does come to...

A new start?

Dear All I wonder if you, like me, are looking forward to a new start? As I write, we are beginning to relax covid restrictions.  A new era begins in some ways.  Also by the time you read this you will know whether we have ‘brought it home’ in terms of the Euro...

Hope of Freedom

Dear All, What are you looking forward to? Is it a restful weekend?  Or maybe a holiday in the future?  Or something even longer term? Looking forward has been a dangerous occupation in recent months.  Hopes are easily dashed, with plans having to be postponed or...