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...

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, Poole.  This...