Musings from the Manse

Dear Friends,   On the 5th October 2012, the United Reformed Church reached the ripe old age of 40!! They say that this is when life begins, but how true will this be of our relatively young denomination? In 1972 when this all happened, I had no idea who or what the URC was – […]

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Musings from the Manse

What is the wise way to spend your time? This was a question that came up recently when I was looking at the lectionary readings for Sunday worship, and it made me realise that probably a good use of time is to acquire wisdom! The apostle Paul advised the Ephesians, “Be careful then how you […]

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Musings from the Manse

  Dear Friends, The last few weeks have been a hive of activity for me – and it has had nothing to do with either the football or the tennis!! Three weeks ago I set off to the Holy Land, with 24 other Pilgrims from around the UK. Arriving at our Hotel in Jerusalem, feeling […]

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Musings from the Manse

A PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND Dear Friends, As you may know, on the 5th June 2012, I will embark on what has been a long awaited trip for me. From being a small child listening to Bible stories, to being an adult training for Ministry, I’ve wanted to see if the pictures painted in […]

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Musings from the Manse

Dear Friends, Being a relatively active person, it was with some dismay that I found myself having a period of ‘enforced rest’ towards the end of January. This was due to an existing problem with my knee being exacerbated by a loss of balance one morning as I stepped into the shower, and the twisting […]

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Musings from the Manse

Dear Friends,   The other morning, whilst eating my breakfast, I was watching the morning news on the BBC. The two presenters were interviewing an actor, who was advertising the latest edition of a book called ‘Dear Me’. In the book, celebrities had been invited to write a letter to their 16 yr old selves […]

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Musings from the Manse

  Dear Friends, August is usually a quiet month – not many meetings – schools out for the summer, folks away on holiday. So when I received an email from Mohammed Ali Amla, asking me to circulate an upcoming event called ‘Experiencing Ramadan’, I was both intrigued and inspired. Ali had recently organised a series […]

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Musings from the Manse

Dear Friends, I am writing this after spending four days up at the URC’s ‘Home in the Lakes’, the Windermere Centre. Being June, it’s been Minister’s Summer School – which is not, as some have commented, a ‘jolly’, but rather an intensive time of discernment and learning for URC Ministers and CRCW’s (Church Related Community […]

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Musings from the Manse

Dear Friends, Life as a Minister can be challenging, rewarding, exhausting, and exciting – and that is often all in one day!    But occasionally, there are times when I am encouraged to step back, ponder, and re-invigorate myself, away from the telephone and the emails. One such occasion was very recently at the North Western […]

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Musings from the Manse

Dear Friends, The difficulties of writing a pastoral letter for the New Year, when the old year hasn’t ended yet, may seem pretty obvious – after all, I’m not sure what the next few days will hold! According to the weather forecasters, we are poised to receive some pretty rough conditions – but whether that […]

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